Just weeks after coming out to support Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is finally getting a new job after being defeated last year by Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA).
Landrieu is taking a position as a “strategic adviser” at the Walton Family Foundation, which actually was founded by Wal-Mart owners Sam and Helen Walton.
The former Democratic Senator told NOLA.com that working with the Walton Foundation will allow her to continue pushing for school reform, citing the Orleans Parish School System and the charter schools which have helped uplift the area.
“I’ll be working directly as a strategic adviser for the Walton Education Foundation promoting reforms in public schools, promoting choice and expansion of high quality charter schools,” Landrieu said. “Most people are recognizing that New Orleans is one of the most exciting models for variety and choice that are producing new options and opportunities for educational success.”
But Landrieu will not be able to lobby her former colleagues on the Hill just yet, as congressional ethical regulations prohibit her from being a lobbyist two years after serving in the Senate.
Landrieu’s role at the foundation seems a big strange, as Landrieu was endorsed in the last election by the Louisiana Association of Educators, which adamantly opposes charter schools and school choice altogether.
Landrieu did not disclose her pay at the Walton Family Foundation.