Regarding a recent letter that stated, “Louisiana needs a senator who, at the very least, can respond and take a stance on an issue without having to consult party elites or gauge how it will poll with potential voters”:

Does the writer, identified as LSU student Leslie Lacoste, not know that Sen. Mary Landrieu has voted as President Barack Obama and her party dictated 97 percent of the time? Over 60 percent of the state’s voters were against the Affordable Care Act, but Landrieu voted for it. She has even said she would do so again. Her party is far more important to her than the state of Louisiana. Let’s face it, even her residency here is a sham.

Personally, I want a senator who at the very least considers the polls in Louisiana, which indicate the constituents’ points of view. Senators are supposed to represent us, not the president or any party. Landrieu couldn’t care less. We could not contact any of her offices for the three months prior to the ACA vote. The lines were busy or they would not answer. I called all hours, even between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m. An answering machine, twice, only twice, asked me to leave a message. I asked to be called back. No response. We also sent snail mails, asking her to please not vote for the overlong bill, which no one had read or understood. We expressed the opinion that health care laws were needed but needed to be broken down into smaller, manageable laws. Four months after the vote, we got a standardized letter thanking us for supporting her vote for Obama’s signature program! So much for listening or caring about your constituents.

One recent letter also complained that Landrieu’s “Chartergate” was over one incorrectly billed flight. CNN has uncovered four such flights. Yes, she will pay from her pocket now but only because the errors were made public by CNN. Once might be a mistake. Four sounds like a pattern.

Let us elect a senator who listens, who responds to our wishes, who knows he/she serves us, the constituents. Rep. Bill Cassidy’s office has taken every call I have made to his office. He conducts regular town hall meetings via phone in which we can ask questions and speak to him personally. I find that his ideas and answers are well thought out and explained in an understandable way, even when they do not agree with my own ideas.

Cassidy is the kind of person I want for my senator. He cares about Louisiana, and he especially cares about his constituents and what they think, how they would want him to stand on an issue, how the majority would want him to vote.

After all, isn’t that why we elect senators — to represent us?

Marilyn Oufnac

retired teacher