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Rob Maness. (Special to the American Press)<br>

Rob Maness. (Special to the American Press)

Republican Maness to battle Landrieu for U.S. Senate seat

Last Modified: Friday, October 11, 2013 7:20 PM

By John Guidroz / American Press

Defending the Constitution, ensuring the availability of good-quality jobs and defunding the Affordable Care Act are some of the issues being pushed by Madisonville Republican Rob Maness in his bid for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Mary Landrieu.

A member of the Greater New Orleans Tea Party, Maness said he is running on a platform to rid Louisiana and the country of “insider politicians.” Maness has spent most of his life in the military, enlisting in the Air Force at 17 and retiring as a colonel in 2011. He said he sees a movement within the state where some voters “are demanding non-career politicians to take office.”

“When you’re in the military, you take an oath to support and defend the Constitution, with your life if necessary,” he said. “I don’t feel like those in elected office who took that same oath have all lived up to that.”

Maness wants to protect the Bill of Rights, especially the Second Amendment — which he said is the “insurance policy for the rest of the government.”

He said he supports the defunding of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. He said the approval of the act was unconstitutional and that the law has the potential to “damage jobs.”

Maness said he has heard from small-business owners who are concerned about new fees from the Affordable Care Act and the impact the reforms will have on affordable insurance for their employees.

Maness said he also wants to focus on energy production, and that Louisiana could be a “phenomenal energy producer” if it didn’t have the regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency. He said that “overregulation” has forced some jobs to go to neighboring states, like Texas.

Maness worked at the Pentagon’s National Military Command Center during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He spent nearly seven years as a flight navigator and aircraft refueler at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport. He returned to Barksdale in 2009 and worked as the deputy director of programing and strategy for the Global Strike Command.

Most recently, Maness worked as a safety and operations leader for Entergy. He resigned in August to focus on the campaign full time.

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