Nope, I’m not talking about what the Saints accomplished last night in the Super Bowl, although here’s a belated congratulations to the team and to the city that so needed this win, and the warmth of the national spotlight.
Among other things, his victory signals an end to the reign of the divisive, frequently incompetent (and term-limited) Ray Nagin, who too often seemed focused on how the job could serve his career, rather than what he could do to rebuild the city, post-Katrina. Maybe that categorization is unfair, but that’s how things looked from a distance.
Landrieu, who takes office May 6 (the Monday after the second weekend of Jazz Fest) reportedly had support from black and white voters alike.
As lieutenant governor of Louisiana, he has been a huge booster of the arts/music culture of New Orleans. There’s every reason to expect that his support will be trebled.
From the NY Times story: “Riding a wave of discontent with political corruption, high crime rates and the slow pace of the city’s recovery, Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu was elected mayor of this city by a landslide on Saturday, the first white man to hold the position since his father, Moon Landrieu, left office in 1978.”