The Mitch Landrieu campaign announced this morning that the mayor has received the endorsement of President Barack Obama as Landrieu seeks re-election.
"New Orleans has always been a city of bold, resilient forward-looking people who believe in a brighter future and are committed to doing their part to shape it," Obama was quoted as saying in a statement. "Over the last four years, no one has embodied those values better than Mayor Mitch Landrieu."
"It is an honor to receive President Obama's endorsement," Landrieu said. "Through thick and thin, he has been a true friend to the people of New Orleans."
While most Louisiana politicians would likely avoid an Obama endorsement, the president remains remarkably popular in New Orleans. In the 2012 presidential election, Obama received 80.3 percent of the votes in Orleans Parish — a higher percentage of the vote even than that in quintessentially liberal areas like Multnomah County, Ore. (Portland), which went for Obama with 75.6 percent of the vote; and King County, Wash. (Seattle) which managed 68.5 percent for Obama.
In recent mayoral elections, Obama endorsed Bill De Blasio of New York and Annise Parker of Houston, both of whom won.
The municipal election is Feb. 1 — just a little more than three weeks away.
Under the jump: full statements by Obama and Landrieu.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: "New Orleans has always been a city of bold, resilient forward-looking people who believe in a brighter future and are committed to doing their part to shape it. Over the last four years, no one has embodied those values better than Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Mitch has been a fierce advocate for the people of New Orleans, helping create jobs, reduce crime, improve our children's schools and rebuild hard-hit communities. Today, with the city poised for even more progress, there is no question that Mitch has earned a second term as mayor — and I hope the people of New Orleans will give him one."
MAYOR MITCH LANDRIEU: "It is an honor to receive President Obama's endorsement. Through thick and thin, he has been a true friend to the people of New Orleans, and with his help New Orleans is on the right path," Mayor Landrieu said. "In the last four years our city has come together like never before. You can feel the change. We are moving in the right direction as one city with one voice. By finding common ground, New Orleans has made great progress. There is much more to do together, and I look forward to working with the President as we make New Orleans the city we always wanted it to be."