Aug 1, 2011 11:45 PM by Maddie Garrett
Even though congressmen Jeff Landry (R-LA 03) and Charles Boustany (R-LA 07) share the same political party, they don't share the same feelings on the recent debt deal. And that could have implications in 2012.
"When you look at the vote on the debt ceiling and you look at the way Landry voted no and Boustany voted yes, they both have good reasons behind the decisions that they made," said UL political science professor Ryan Teten.
On the one hand, Boustany compromised like so many other Republicans, saying they did get a major gain out of the deal with no tax increases, cuts greater than the increase in the debt limit and advancing the balanced budget amendment.
But for Landry, that wasn't enough to get his vote.
"We had, in my belief, an opportunity to seal a balanced budget agreement into this deal as it played out and we failed to do so," said Landry. "I didn't come to Washington to compromise, I came here to find solutions."
Teten said their votes could come into play in the next election, as Boustany and Landry are likely to face off when their two south Louisiana Congressional districts become one in 2012.
"It could be a point of contention where one would say 'I stayed true to my base and voted against it' and the other say 'I did what was necessary for Louisiana residents and the American people and voted for it.'"
And constituents were already voicing their opinions about the two opposing votes on KATC's Facebook page, either praising Boustany for the compromise or hailing Landry for sticking to his guns.