Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), who led efforts to convert an abandoned K-Mart into a surge clinic for Hurricane Katrina victims in September 2005, released the following statement on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's comments on that hurricane:
"I saw Hurricane Katrina's devastation firsthand while working with medical teams to provide care for Katrina victims. Harry Reid's comments are repugnant. More than 1,800 Louisianans were killed in Katrina, not to mention billions of dollars in damage and destruction. The New Orleans area still bears the scars. People in Louisiana have the deepest compassion for those impacted by Superstorm Sandy. We understand what they are going through and pray for their swift recovery, we do not compare our tragedies. Harry Reid should immediately retract and apologize for his remarks. It begs the question, does Leader Reid value people more in one part of our country more than another?"