State Rep. John Bel Edwards is touting an endorsement in the gubernatorial race by Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
State Rep. John Bel Edwards' gubernatorial campaign sent out an email this afternoon touting the endorsement of several Louisiana mayors — Mayor Mitch Landrieu among them:
"John Bel Edwards will be a partner with local governments and will help turn the state budget around. With public safety and criminal justice as my top priority, I also know that John Bel will help us in our fight against violent crime. He has the support of the law enforcement community, and he will also be an honest and hardworking governor that will put the people of our state first."
Though Landrieu is a Democrat and Edwards was the only major Democratic candidate on the ballot, Landrieu had hung back before the primary election, choosing not to endorse anyone. "I need to hear from all four candidates," he told The New Orleans Advocate
. "Tell me how New Orleans isn't just your whipping boy."
Edwards' Republican opponent in the runoff, Sen. David Vitter, is a longtime foe of both Landrieu and his sister, former Sen. Mary Landrieu. The "whipping boy" comment seemed to stem at least in part from Vitter's August slam at the mayor over the city's Confederate monuments, which he phrased as an open letter: "Focus on murders, not monuments," Vitter told Landrieu, saying, "New Orleans' horrendous murder rate is not, primarily, the federal government's responsibility; it's yours."
Edwards' email also included endorsements from Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy; Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo; Amite Mayor Milton "Buddy" Bel; Mansura Mayor Kenneth Pickett Sr.; Norwood Mayor Becky Bellue; and Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine.