Is New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu difficult to get along with; that is, if you disagree with him? Is he vindictive to those who are on his “enemy list”?
The Orleans Parish Republican Executive Committee on Tuesday night (Jan. 14) threw its support behind Michael Bagneris in his quest to unseat incumbent Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
The committee also endorsed challenger Ira Thomas for Orleans Parish sheriff, incumbent Criminal District Court Clerk Arthur Morrell, and Jeffrey Rouse for coroner.
All those candidates are Democrats, but local GOP bylaws allow for cross-party endorsements when no Republicans are running.
Given the overwhelmingly Democratic bent of New Orleans, one has to wonder how much the GOP endorsements will sway voters. If anything, they might turn off some left-wing Democrats.
The biggest endorsement in the New Orleans Mayor’s race did not come from a local leader or organization; it came from the nation’s most powerful politician, President Barack Obama. The endorsement is unusual for it is rare for a U.S. President to intervene in a New Orleans Mayor’s race.
Judge Michael Bagneris, candidate for New Orleans Mayor said on Jeff Crouere’s WGSO 990 radio show on Tuesday that he would win outright in the first primary and not be in a runoff with Mitch Landrieu, the current incumbent.
Why would a senior judge at the Civil District Court of New Orleans give up the prestige, the career stability the respect and all of the trappings that go with it to run for mayor against a man with the golden last name?
President Barack Obama may have endorsed incumbent New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, but the Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee on Wednesday (Jan. 8) opted not to follow suit. Instead, the group endorsed Landrieu's rival, Michael Bagneris, a former Civil District judge.
The committee did endorse other incumbents facing re-election in citywide races: Marlin Gusman for Orleans Parish sheriff and District D City Council member Cynthia Hedge-Morrell for one of two at-large New Orleans City Council seats.
Dwight McKenna received the group's nod to replace Frank Minyard as Orleans Parish coroner.
How does John Georges view the New Orleans’s mayor’s race 2014?
In 2010, as a private businessman, Georges ran for Mayor of New Orleans along with others but was defeated by current Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Michael Bagneris had seven weeks to put together an organization that could challenge the one Mayor Mitch Landrieu has had assembled for more than four years. If his campaign finance records reflect anything, it is that the former judge has gotten off to a fast start.
Within hours of entering the New Orleans Mayoral race on Dec. 13, more than $170,000 poured into Bagneris' campaign fund, his latest report shows. That sum, collected at a fundraiser and increased by $50,000 of his own money, catapulted Bagneris from a fringe candidate with an ax to grind to a formidable campaigner.
Within hours of launching his bid last month to unseat incumbent Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Michael Bagneris raised more than $170,000 - a sum that almost instantly vaulted his status to that of a formidable campaigner.
Add another $50,000 of his personal money, and the former state civil judge reported he had $219,025 on Dec. 23 to spend before the Feb. 1 election. Bagneris' report indicates he raised the money from dozens of donors on a single day: Dec.
The New Orleans Mayor’s race has now started and instead of a cakewalk, the incumbent, Mitch Landrieu, will face serious competition.