I’ve seen a lot of attacks on Sen. Mary Landrieu’s record recently. But the attacks are designed to distract from the issue that I care about more than anything else — jobs.

An LSU study last year found that by 2019, there will be 200,000 new energy-related jobs in Louisiana. Landrieu has always fought for job creation in the energy industry, and as chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, she has even more power to do so.

She fought to end the drilling moratorium on the coast in 2010 that was needlessly crippling an entire industry, and she continues to fight to get the Keystone pipeline built, which will provide jobs for hardworking Louisianans.

Landrieu doesn’t fight only for jobs in the energy industry. For small businesses, she supports the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. If this fails to pass in Congress, 1,000 Louisiana jobs could be lost from over 100 small and medium-sized businesses.

In addition, she has brought hundreds of jobs to the I-20 tech corridor and kept the community of Fort Polk thriving as the second-largest employer in the state with its $1.7 billion annual economic impact.

You’ll notice that no one mentions jobs when they’re talking about Landrieu. That’s because neither of her Republican competitors could match her record of bringing jobs to our state.

Phyllis Stewart

retired writer

St. Amant