Veteran homelessness is not a political issue.
But, that did not stop New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu from getting a little political during an event yesterday for veteran homelessness which included First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden.
Right before announcing Obama at the event, Landrieu essentially hinted that he supported Loretta Lynch’s nomination for the position of Attorney General (AG) in the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Here’s what the Gambit reported:
“There’s a lot of dysfunction in D.C. right now. Congress can’t seem to get out of its own way,” Landrieu said. “They should work together. They should pass the trade bill, they should pass the human trafficking bill, they could without a whole lot of work confirm Loretta Lynch today, who is a great candidate for our attorney general, and find a way to start making things happen.”
Landrieu probably made the comment as a way to zing Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), who has been staunch in getting answers from Lynch before he commits to confirming her nomination in the Senate.
Lynch, just last week, said she did not have enough evidence to investigate former Secretary of State and presidential-hopeful Hillary Clinton on allegations that she used a private email account during her tenure in the State Department. Vitter, afterward, said he would not confirm Lynch until she commits to an investigation into the matter.
This is not the first time Landrieu has been some-what passive aggressive with Vitter. A month ago, Vitter came to New Orleans to discuss violent crime in the city and how Louisiana State Troopers could help fix the problem, along with the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD).
Though numerous law enforcement officials and public officials were present at the meeting with Vitter, Landrieu was no where to be found. Vitter said he invited Landrieu, but the long-time Democrat mayor decided not to show.
Lynch’s AG confirmation is set to come up again this week in the Senate. If confirmed, Lynch will replace scandal-ridden AG Eric Holder.