US Senate candidate and Baton Rouge Congressman Bill Cassidy releases a statement that says his 17-year-old unmarried daughter is pregnant as she prepares for her senior year in high school. ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says this revelation shouldn't impact his chances at defeating incumbent Mary Landrieu this fall.
"It's doubtful Senator Landrieu's campaign or any groups connected with her will find any particular reason to make this a campaign issue."
Cassidy says he and wife, Laura, will be grandparents later this summer. They go on to say their daughter has their unconditional love and support as she faces a more challenging future than her peers.
Stockley says there is political precedent, as Sarah Palin had to announce her daughter was pregnant as she ran for Vice-President.
"This really didn't have a significant impact on Sarah Palin. John McCain and Sarah Palin were defeated for very different reasons. None of which you can tie back to Bristol Palin."
Stockley expects very little reaction from voters.
"Louisiana is a state with an above-average teenage pregnancy rate, so this is something that is part of our culture, part of our society."