New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu formally endorsed Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president.
“The stakes are too high in this election for families in Louisiana, especially in our underserved communities, and there is only one person in this race who knows how to get results for them: Hillary Clinton,” Landrieu said in a statement released by the Clinton campaign on Wednesday.
“We don’t live in a single-issue country, and Hillary is no single-issue candidate. She’ll be ready on day one to make us strong both at home and abroad. And unlike Sen. (Bernie) Sanders, who has come up with tooth fairy ideas and who does not have a long record fighting for underserved, predominately African-American communities, like New Orleans, Hillary’s a proven leader who understands that being president means doing all parts of the job and delivering for working families.”
Clinton faces Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary, which takes place in Louisiana on March 5. Early voting begins Saturday.
Landrieu’s endorsement doesn’t come as a surprise. The Landrieu family has close ties to Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton. The Clintons campaigned for Landrieu’s sister, former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, in 2014 before her loss to Republican Bill Cassidy.
The Landrieus’ father, former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu, endorsed Hillary Clinton’s presidential run earlier this week.
Moon Landrieu was mayor from 1970 to 1978. He served as the secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Jimmy Carter and then was a judge on the Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeal.
A group of Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus members is slated to endorse Hillary Clinton at the State Capitol soon, but the ceremony was postponed due to scheduling conflicts related to the special legislative session.