MADISONVILLE, LA - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "runs the Senate like a plantation..." That comment, in a story released Tuesday by Environment & Energy News Publishing, has fellow U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness calling for an apology.

"Congressman Cassidy may not realize this but the language he used included a term that is incredibly offensive to many Americans and he should immediately apologize," said Col. Rob Maness (USAF, ret.) in a press release. "It's this type of over-the-top, out-of-bounds ignorance that drives so many people away from the Republican Party.  We need to be better than that.  We need to be the party of thoughtful ideas and common-sense reforms - not extreme rhetoric and ignorant comments.  We all make mistakes and when we do, we should have the fortitude to own up to them."

Both Maness and Cassidy are looking to unseat U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu in the November/December elections.