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New Orleans Elects New Mayor

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 10:56 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

New Orleans’ voters have elected a new Mayor, Mitch Landrieu, in a landslide:

“Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, son of a former mayor and brother of a U.S. senator, routed five major challengers in Saturday’s mayoral primary, riding a sense of regret among voters who rejected him four years ago and extraordinary biracial support to claim an unprecedented first-round landslide victory.

When he takes office May 6, Landrieu will become the city’s first white chief executive since his father, Moon Landrieu, left the job in 1978. Early analysis shows that Mitch Landrieu’s victory owed to widespread crossover voting by African-Americans, who make up two-thirds of the city’s residents.”

Landrieu captured 66% of the vote. Second-place finisher Troy Henry had 14% of the vote. Henry, who is black, “showed up at Landrieu’s victory party to congratulate the mayor-elect.” That’s a welcome gesture in these polarized times.


19 Responses to “New Orleans Elects New Mayor”

  1. By definition, you do not have five major challengers if you score a landslide victory.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  2. proving once again that it’s not the heat, it’s the stupidity…..

    kinda like CD5 here in LA where we were glad to get rid of Jack Weiss, only to elect Paul Koretz.

    more of the same.

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  3. The name instantly makes me irritable. I hate dynasties in democracies.

    But New Orleans needs a great mayor, and it’s a tough job. Good luck to those folks after their devastating loss in the superbowl tomorrow.

    I think 66% is a landslide. But you can’t have 5 major challengers and wind up with 66%. Oh well, it sounds more exciting if you say it that way.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  4. “But you can’t have 5 major challengers and wind up with 66%.”

    Dustin – There are ways, I guess, if you control the ballot box, but it looks pretty fishy after the fact. In Chicago we’re used to electoral hijinks.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  5. His dad was a disaster, his sister – well – that speaks for itself – he beclowned himself seeral times – the only reason he’s mayor is Maselli nailed Oliver Thomas and Moses Jefferson two destined to be mayor for graft and corruption – Mitch had a clear shot

    Still with no competition got 51% of the vote

    EricPWJohnson (c37802)

  6. What is it with Louisiana Democrats and political dynasties? Besides the Bush’s and the Lodge’s and recall that on the Republican side.

    Mike Giles (762afa)

  7. Hey, Dustin, the USA is a republic, you know?

    That said, I hate dynasties too. Single term limits! Make it harder to have dynasties unless the reproduction rate among the elites jumps.

    Remind me why we bailed out New Orleans again? Can you say bad money after bad money?

    Dan S (665bb6)

  8. Bobby Jindal deserves a medal for having to deal with chit like this!

    Icy Texan (e7b04a)

  9. “I hate dynasties in democracies. ”

    Seriously. Even worse is when the son brings in dad’s staff.

    imdw (19cd35)

  10. I hate it when a wife assume a seat in the senate in a state she had never been to before as well, then runs for president and annoints herself

    thats really worse

    EricPWJohnson (c23cb3)

  11. If you assume that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, then N’awlins is in deep doo – doo.

    Dmac (539341)

  12. A big difference (well, it’s a dream) is that this (redundency alert) Corrupt Democrat will have to answer to an honest, effective, Governor; unlike his predecessor who was enabled in his incompetence by a joke of a Governor.

    AD - RtR/OS! (f9cda3)

  13. I wonder if this liberal will be competent enough to perform his duties when a crisis presents itself?

    GeneralMalaise (55c598)

  14. Henry, who is black, had highlighted his credentials as a top corporate executive, and also sought to play up concerns in the African-American community that white politicians recently have won various local elective offices that had long been held by black officials.

    Amazing how they let this pass without comment. Try to imagine if Mcain had “played up concerns in the European-American community that black politicians might win elective offices long held by white officials.”

    Subotai (60b553)

  15. Hey, Dustin, the USA is a republic, you know?

    That said, I hate dynasties too. Single term limits! Make it harder to have dynasties unless the reproduction rate among the elites jumps.

    Remind me why we bailed out New Orleans again? Can you say bad money after bad money?

    Comment by Dan S —

    I grant that the US Government isn’t a pure democracy, but elections are democratic. We are a democracy in the general spirit that the people vote, etc etc. Not sure that needs to be said, really. I don’t really know that we are any system of government beyond graft, once you peel back enough layers. But I concede the correction.

    And you’re totally right, it’s unfair to the rest of the country that we have to repair this city that could have been far more responsible over the decades. But that’s just how folks are. The major problems NOLA has experienced are preventable, but I’m glad we helped them (to some extent… many have been given far more than they should have been).

    Daleyrocks, touche.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  16. More doofus blabbering.

    The Emperor (84eedd)

  17. Um…..

    Eric Blair (c2a27d)

  18. Ok folks here’s the deal:
    1, I’m a NOLA voter. Mitch was not my first choice
    2. I am not a fan of the Landrieus and would love to see Little Miss Mary lose her seat
    3. No evidence at all that Mitch is corrupt.
    4. The field running against him was very weak. A white businessman who suffered from the same foot in mouth disease as our current mayor; A white lawyer who would have make a good mayor but who as a conservative republican was probably unelectable. A black businessman who probably would have made a good mayor but who managed to alienate a significant number of black voters. A black “community organizer” in his mid 30’s who may make a good mayor someday, but that “community organizing” thing makes some of us wary. And a black female former judge who seemed out of her depth during the debates. Mitch and the judge were the only ones with experience in government.
    5. The really good news is that despite what some of us feared a year ago, this was (except for a few ill-chosen comments) not a black vs. white election, like so many of our recent NOLA elections have been.
    6. If you did an exit poll yesterday, you probably would have found that a lot of people voted for Mitch as penance for not having voted for him 4 years ago, electing instead what our current “Boob with Shoes”

    Jaime (446454)

  19. Lovie woke up from another all – night bender.

    Dmac (539341)

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