"Oh, Lord, no." — Outgoing Sen. Mary Landrieu to Politico Dec. 10, when asked if she intended to run for office again. She quickly amended her statement to say she hadn't entirely ruled out running for the Louisiana governorship or Senate again: "I'm not going to say a definite 'no' about any of those two. I've been trained to never say no. But it is highly, highly unlikely." Landrieu gave her farewell speech to her Senate colleagues Dec. 11, saying she felt "extraordinary peace" since her defeat.
"I think K Street would welcome [Mary Landrieu] with open arms. She's extremely attractive to K Street because of her favorable views on business." — Ivan Adler, a headhunter at The McCormick Group, a Virginia-based headhunting firm that works in Washington D.C., as quoted in Politico. "K Street" is the catchall nickname for Washington lobbying firms.
Writers Anna Palmer and Burgess Everett also quoted the head of a D.C. law firm's lobbying practice, who said that of this year's 50 departing House members and 12 Senators, "The most likely person to be successful is Mary."