Ret. Air Force Col. Rob Maness sparred a lot with opponents Mary Landrieu and Bill Cassidy in last year's U.S. Senate race, but he's not through taking jabs at Louisiana politicians. Rep. John Fleming, R-Minden, appeared on the WGSO-FM radio show "Ringside Politics" Jan. 9, and mentioned Maness in passing, saying he had put up a valiant effort against Landrieu but hadn't managed to raise much money.
Maness used that comment as the occasion to send out a fundraiser for his newly formed political action committee, GATORPAC, and engaged in a little smack talk with Fleming in the process.
"Our grassroots army might not be the richest, but they are the mightiest!" wrote Maness. "I don't think they'll take too kindly on politicians from the Washington DC Swamp looking down on them ... Let's get together soon, I'll even introduce you to Louisiana's grassroots conservatives, who are craving leaders who do more than talk." Maness' coup de grace was the inclusion of a link to a YouTube video of Elvis Presley singing "A Little Less Conversation."
There's a second reason Maness and Fleming might be beefing. If U.S. Sen. David Vitter should win the governor's race later this year, he would get to appoint someone to take his Senate seat right after he takes his oath as governor. Fleming has said he would "absolutely" run for Vitter's Senate chair — but Vitter is said to be a Maness fan these days. In fact, Vitter is organizing GATORPAC's first major fundraiser this year.