New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu leaves City Hall in early May, but he'll be logging some serious miles even before then.
In part due to his role as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, in part due to the city's 300th birthday, and in large part due to the imminent release of his book about his push to remove some of the city's Confederate monuments, Landrieu's speaking calendar is getting awfully crowded.
Landrieu will appear at Rice University in Houston in March, and has events to promote the book, "In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History," scheduled in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta.
Then in April, Landrieu will speak at Yale University to discuss the city's tricentennial. I'm sure he hopes it will go better than a recent appearance there by another Louisiana pol, former Gov. Bobby Jindal, whose higher-than-expected expenses set off a mini-scandal at the campus group that invited him.
Some of this is business as usual for the mayor, who has made public appearances around the country throughout his eight years. His high-profile post at the Conference of Mayors also comes with a heavy travel schedule to Washington and elsewhere. And of course, there have been those rumblings that Landrieu is angling for a higher national profile in anticipation of the 2020 election.
Conspicuously absent from the spring schedule so far is a book event back home in New Orleans — which, given how the drawn-out debate over the monuments unfolded, could be more complicated and contentious than Landrieu's out-of-town appearances. Word is that locals should stay tuned.