New Orleans Mayor Elect Mitch Landrieu-Work Cut Out for Him
Last night Mitch Landrieu became the first white mayor of New Orleans in thirty years. It was a combination of factors that led to his victory. Chief among them was the fact that there were no serious challengers. Toss in the fact that the New Orleans saints are in the Super Bowl and black voters did not show up at the polls and you have your answer.
New Orleans is in big trouble right now from a financial stand point. Southern media outlets have been quick to point out that this solidifies a legacy of some sort in Louisiana by the Landrieu family. I wouldn't be so quick to say that. This was more of a win by default than anything else.
Toss in the fact that Mitch Landrieu will have to deliver on a lot of promises he made during his campaign and you realize that Republicans will not be talking of legacy just yet. With blacks leaving the city in droves Landrieu will have to lean on his base, white voters, to dig New Orleans out of a high crime rate. One good thing is Mitch Landrieu will have his father, a former New Orleans mayor to ask for advice. With the current Mayor of New Orleans spending so much time travelling and attending Louis Farrakhan speeches. Landrieu will be tested early and often by a city on the brink of racial upheaval. There are few if any black leaders to buffer the brunt of African American anger if it explodes.