Monday, 07 May 2018 14:48

What will former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu do now?

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landrieu mayors usFormer New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu finally has no political office to hold for the first time in three decades. Look for him to want to change that as soon as possible.

It all begins with a run for president in 2020, now that today he turned over the reins of city government. Keep in mind that Landrieu has worked outside of government for just a few years, right out of law school, and knows nothing else but politics, especially growing up in the household of a former legislator, mayor, U.S. Cabinet member, and state judge.

Running as a Democrat, he must take this first step to add to his credentials for successive jobs in politics. He can’t win any statewide office because of his largely undiluted leftism and, outside of a judgeship which doesn’t seem to interest him, he can’t win any New Orleans-based post because he doesn’t identify as black (although the 1900 census lists his grandfather as black, and the 1880 census lists his great-grandmother, also notated as black on the same 1900 document, as mulatto.)

But his fealty to liberalism would make him competitive for his party’s presidential nomination. His eight years as mayor led to championing leftist causes at the expense of bread-and-butter concerns essential to running a city well: letting police resources dwindle while New Orleans festered as one of the most dangerous cities in the world; putting drainage matters on the back burner until crisis struck, having pretended to address these with administrative changes; or delaying resolution of issues costing the city money, such as until courts forced him to act on firefighter pensions or federal disaster relief money fell out of the skies to fund neglected road repairs.

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Jeffrey Sadow

Jeffrey Sadow is an associate professor of political science at Louisiana State University in Shreveport.   He writes a daily conservative blog called Between The Lines | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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