NEW ORLEANS - Mayor Mitch Landrieu picked up a big-name endorsement in his re-election campaign Monday: President Barack Obama.
The mayor's campaign tweeted the news of the endorsement Monday morning.
“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,” the president said in a written statement released by the Landrieu campaign.
“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.”
Late Monday, one of Landrieu's challengers, recently-retired Judge Michael Bagneris, issued a statement characterizing the endorsement as Washington politics.
"I am sure that before February 1 many of Mary Landrieu’s friends in Washington will endorse her brother. Today’s endorsement is not about Mayor of New Orleans, it’s about the United States Senate," said the statement. "But Washington can’t protect us from crime. Washington can’t restore our peace of mind. Washington can’t fix a broken administration that spends more money and time on deputy mayors than on fixing basic city services like filling potholes, turning on street lights, posting street signs. Mitch Landrieu can hide behind Washington insiders and his big sister, but he can’t hide from the dramatic facts that make our community shutter in fear. I am confident the people of New Orleans will get it right when they make their decision for mayor..."
Landrieu faces three challengers in the Feb. 1 election, including Bagneris, NAACP president Danatus King and comedian Manny "Chevrolet" Bruno.