It has been over two years since the self-centered former Mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu, removed four historic monuments without a vote of the people. In a bid to garner national attention and praise from liberal media outlets, Landrieu labeled the monuments “racist” and symbols of the “Cult of the Lost Cause.” His cynical campaign was an attempt to minimize the importance and significance of monuments that had stood in the city of New Orleans for over 100 years.
The new Mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, has been saddled with many problems, courtesy of Mitch Landrieu, her self-serving predecessor. There is the ongoing crime crisis, highlighted by this morning’s double murder in the Desire neighborhood. Cantrell is also facing a Sewerage and Water Board debacle which became much worse during the Landrieu years. In addition, she faces the ongoing problems of potholes, homelessness, blight, drugs, poverty and the high unemployment rate, especially among African American males.
I know that in some communities and in some circles, it is not politically-correct to say anything positive about now ex-New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Ever since he fought the battle of the confederate monuments, to a large block of Louisiana voters, he has crossed the wrong side of the proverbial Mason Dixon line. Even worse, he spent time at the Aspen Institute the weekend that the water pumps failed, causing significant damage to innocent people who entrusted him and city government to protect their properties from the wet.
Prior to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu making Confederate monuments the signature issue of his second term, there was no controversy. New Orleans citizens of all races rarely mentioned the Confederate statues and the Mayor did not include the issue in the platform for his re-election.
Even though there are six weeks left in his term as Mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu has already set his sights on a bigger prize: the White House.
With the launch of his book, “In the Shadows of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History,” Landrieu has been all over the national media. In recent days, he has been interviewed on the CBS Morning Show, the National Geographic Channel, 60 Minutes, This Week, The Daily Show, andMeet the Press, to name only a few. This Friday, he will be a guest on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.
Two days after receiving tremendous praise from Chris Matthews of Hard Ball, ready to launch his book tour and a couple of months before he turns over the keys to the Mayor's office to his successor LaToya Cantrell, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced today what the city will be doing with the controversial confederate monuments his administration took down amid much anger.
Was that a political endorsement for Mitch Landrieu for the position of President of the United States we heard last night coming out of the mouth of MSNBC’s Hardball’s Chris Matthews?
Well, let me explain. First, a little history.
Today on the Ringside Politics radio show (M-F, 7-11 am, WGSO 990-AM & www.Wgso.com) we conducted our annual listener poll, asking the audience who should be our “Turkey of the Year.”
The competition is always spirited for there are so many potential turkeys to consider in 2017. Previous winners have included former President Barack Obama, documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, former House Speakers Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, former Florida Governor Jeb! Bush, Ohio Governor John Kasich, U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former New Orleans Mayor and current federal inmate Ray Nagin and former U.S. Congressman and recently released federal inmate William “Dollar Bill” Jefferson.
In a recent newspaper article that appeared in the Metro Section of the New Orleans Advocate on Thursday, August 17, 2017, it was headlined that, "Bagneris eyes closing gap in the mayoral race." The subtitled was, "Candidate picks up support in business community."
Mr. Mayors and Governors, "Tear down those confederate monuments" Hearkening back to Ronald Reagan's epic urging of Mr. Gorbechev, in essence, that has been the cry by none other than the Mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu
Landrieu has received a tremendous amount of national exposure since taking a controversial public stand over the past couple of years. While his stock has gone up in the minds of the national media (Landrieu confederate monument hailed), back home, former supporters and certainly his detractors, are not pleased, to say the least. Landrieu has used the issue along with his presidency of the powerful US Conference of Mayors and other government officials to try to push his fellow mayors to follow his footsteps. One of the leading advocates to maintain the confederate monuments in New Orleans and elsewhere has been long-time columnist for Bayoubuzz and WGSO radio talk show host, Jeff Crouere, who has written columns about the issue, discussed it often on his conservative talk show and has played a instumental role in trying to stop the city from removing those monuments. On the other side of the debate, Landrieu has been congratulated by national media for his efforts, which has fed into the prospects of his running for President, despite the increased unpopularity and anger, locally, primarily by those who oppose the monument removals Also, as fate would have it, the intense hostility has increased due to the pumping system failures caused by unexpected New Orleans flooding primarily due to administration neglect. The flooding problem has become heightened due to perceived dishonesty by various officials and the recent hurricane threats.elow are some of the articles and columns published by this website that have addressed the efforts by Mayor Landrieu, Crouere's responses and Landrieu's popularity increase nationally, yet, decrease locally, among those upset about the confederate monument issue and the unfortunate pumping problem: Here is a list of articles about Mitch Landrieu, about confederate monuments and recent New Orleans news