New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu thinks three of the four major candidates running for Louisiana governor would do “great.”
The candidate Landrieu isn’t high on? David Vitter.
“I’m not in favor of Senator Vitter. He’s been a career politician that’s divided us for a long time, and I’m not hopeful if he gets to be the governor that he’s going to help the city (of New Orleans),” Landrieu told Garland Robinette on WWL 870 AM on Thursday afternoon.
The senator has a hostile relationship with both the mayor and his sister, former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, and he spent part of the summer attacking the mayor over issues of crime and Confederate monuments in New Orleans.
Throughout the summer, Vitter exchanged barbs with Landrieu over the crime rate in New Orleans and the mayor’s push to remove four statues in the city dedicated to Confederate officials or a white supremacist organization, saying city government should be focused on “murders, not monuments.”
With the hotly contested election just days away, the mayor still has not put his backing behind the first serious candidate for governor the Democrats have fielded since 2007. He says he has yet to decide whether Edwards or one of his Republican opponents will get his support.
Asked last week whether he’d be making an endorsement in the governor’s race, Landrieu replied, “At some point in time.”
But first, he said, “I need to hear from all four candidates: Tell me how New Orleans isn’t just your whipping boy — I’m not interested in that, that philosophy doesn’t work for me — but how we can be partners to make the city strong.”
Voters will go to the polls Saturday to vote in a primary that is widely expected to put one of the three candidates Landrieu prefers -- Scott Angelle, John Bel Edwards or Jay Dardenne -- into a Nov. 21 runoff against Vitter.
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