As reported here last week, Mayor Mitch Landrieu went ahead yesterday and endorsed a very questionable character in Former State Senator Cynthia Willard-Lewis. Mayor Landrieu cited Cynthia Willard-Lewis’ race and her willingness to work with him as reasons for his decision:
“I’m a politician. And so I’m not going to pretend that I don’t think about political things,” he said. “I always do. And there are important strategic factors that you always consider. But it really does always come back to, at this point in time, given this choice, what is the best choice for all of the people of the city of New Orleans.”
“I need someone who’s going to be a partner with me to represent all of the people of the city of New Orleans,” Landrieu said to a cheering crowd of more than 100 gathered at the New Orleans Healing Center on St. Claude Avenue.As a white mayor of a city that is 60 percent black, Landrieu has to walk a fine line in matters of race.
Interesting to see what happens here, and if Landrieu really is going to fall prey to that old adage, “if you lie down with dogs, you wake up with fleas.”