Facing a political party adversary, who happens to be an ambitious politician, hoping to be the next Louisiana governor, is not the way that New Orleans Mayor-elect, LaToya Cantrell, wants to spend the next six month as she pieces together her transition team and ultimately her city government staff-- until she gets sworn in as New Orleans Mayor, May 2017.
There is a cloud hanging over the head of the New Orleans Mayor-Elect LaToya Cantrell. In the campaign, she was criticized for her questionable and frequent use of a city credit card. In total, Cantrell spent $107,000 on her city-issued credit card since 2013. This was the highest total among the seven New Orleans city council members. Of that amount, Cantrell only reimbursed the city $9,000 for expenses that were deemed personal in nature. Even worse, approximately $4,000 was repaid right before she qualified for the Mayor’s race.
In the world of politics, yesterday's competitor is today's friend. Today Cedric Richmond, Congressman from the 2nd Congressional District, which includes New Orleans, addressed the House regarding the 300th anniversary of the city and the significant election of the first female to be mayor of that city.
With the election of LaToya Cantrell as the new Mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu is officially a lame duck. His term will extend for a few more months, but the focus and attention of voters will now turn to the Mayor-Elect.
Landrieu could have used this period to exhaustively prepare for a seamless transition, but, instead, he decided to travel to Paris, France with a massive entourage, including three other lame duck politicians. Joining the Mayor in Paris are New Orleans City Council members James Gray and Nadine Ramsey, who lost bids for re-election and Susan Gray who is term-limited.
Let’s face it. The optics don’t look good.
On Monday, it was announced that subpoenas were issued for records associated with incoming New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s ongoing city credit card controversy that could turn into a criminal matter. Meanwhile, outgoing Mayor Mitch Landrieu, with almost a half-year left to serve in his last year of eight years in that position, is visiting Paris France paid for by the city.
Is there any lesson learned for the next upcoming statewide election?
In discussing the recent Louisiana Treasurer’s race and the New Orleans elections, in particular, that was the question I posed during the interview I conducted with Louisiana Weekly political editor and WRNO Radio weekend talk show host Christopher Tidmore and John Couvillon of JMC Analytics and Polling of Louisiana.
The New Orleans elections 2017 is over.
Now come the post mortems and the efforts by those elected to office to put together city government for the next three and half years.
The pollster that was right on the mark this election cycle was Ed Chervenak, Professor of University of New Orleans.
IA cantrellThe Desiree Charbonnet campaign is on the attack with two days left in the New Orleans Mayor's race against LaToya Cantrell. On Tuesday the University of New Orleans poll indicated that Charbonnet trails Cantrell by 11 points. Last week, another poll evidenced an 18 point gap.
Two days to go. You're down 11 points according to the recent poll and more according to other published polls. What's a woman to do?
That's ultimately the question that Desiree Charbonnet needs to ask as she decides how to approach the last hours of a long New Orleans Mayor's campaign.
The voters of New Orleans will be electing a new Mayor in just a few days and there is almost complete apathy throughout the city. The voter turnout in the primary election was barely 30% and it will be approximately the same for the runoff on Saturday.