Senator Helps Constituent Chug Beer Upside Down

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Political candidates can expect to press the flesh with voters around food and drink to be seen as a regular guy or gal, but sometimes they get caught in images they might not like. Now Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu has her turn, although on the delivery, not receiving, end. Landrieu was photographed feeding beer into the mouth of someone doing a keg stand, as the Washington Post reported. In a keg stand, two people hold someone's legs in the air while that person braces himself or herself on a keg and a fourth person holds a hose from the tap up. The inverted participant chugs beer while all around count to see how long it can go on.

And it was all caught on Twitter.

Landrieu is in a tough reelection campaign and is considered to be "one of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents this year," according to The Hill. Losing the seat could contribute to Democrats losing control of the Senate.

People at the game were pressing Landrieu to loosen up and do a keg stand herself, according to Mother Jones. She turned them down, but helped a man in a purple shirt do one by handling the tap station.

"My first keg stand," Landrieu says, as we walk away. "He wanted me to do it, but I said absolutely not-at least not in front of the national press." What if it would've won her some votes? "That's alright-I'm not that desperate."

Was it wise? Maybe not. Because at a time when there is growing concern about binge drinking on campus, being seen helping someone chug is perhaps not such a good idea. And who needs the national press when Twitter is watching?

One observer said that the man was a student, but someone "close to the campaign" -- otherwise known as someone working for Landrieu or her reelection campaign -- told The Hill he was in his late twenties.

Then again, we're talking about Louisiana, a state that literally has drive-through daiquiri bars, as the Guardian notes. However, the election is still unlikely to be a Big Easy.

This isn't the first time that politicians and beer have met. When in 2006 he was preparing for a run at the Oval Office two years later, then-Senator, now Secretary of State John Kerry was photographed as someone pressed a "beer bong" to his face, according to the New York Time. An aide said that he "definitely" didn't inhale. And as the Washington Post reminds, Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer of New York and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire had a Super Bowl beer bet in 2012.
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