In an all too unsurprising move, Mayor Mitch Landrieu appointed his sister-in-law Aimee Quirk to become an adviser on economic development for his new administration. While those in the Crescent City rejoice in the inauguration of Moon Part II, those of us outside our beloved Big Easy sit back and just sigh.
I, for one, cannot understand how a candidate can run on being new, fresh and innovative if he is a career politician, sister of a career politician and son of one, too. That aside, the people of New Orleans overwhelmingly supported then-Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu and he won without a run-off.
According to the Times-Picayune, state ethics law prevents Landrieu from hiring some relatives– including children and their spouses, his siblings and their spouses, his parents, his wife and her parents– this limitation does not include his wife’s siblings.
Will Landrieu stick to his campaign promises of restoring integrity to the office of Mayor of New Orleans? Or will he just be more of the same? If this move is any indication, the people of New Orleans should remain on-guard.