Today Governor Jindal announced that his office is looking into ways to keep Confederate monuments in New Orleans. They’re exploring all options in the event the New Orleans City Council approves the removal of the monuments, which it is expected to do so at its next meeting.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office is looking for ways he can keep four Confederate monuments erected in New Orleans, presumably over the objections of Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the City Council.
“Governor Jindal opposes the tearing down of these historical statues and he has instructed his staff to look into the Heritage Act to determine the legal authority he has as Governor to stop it,” said Doug Cain, Jindal’s spokesman, in a written statement Thursday evening (Aug. 13).
The Jindal team would not elaborate on what Heritage Act is or how it might be used to stop the removal of Confederate landmarks in New Orleans. But the governor is willing to explore a variety of legal avenues for keeping the Confederate monuments in tact, according to his staff.
What Jindal can do is tie this issue up in the courts until the next governor, presumably David Vitter, Jay Dardenne, or Scott Angelle; can call the Legislature into session to pass a heritage protection act that would prevent the New Orleans City Council and Mitch Landrieu from removing and demolishing the statues. Perhaps Jindal may decide to call the special session himself to address the issue.
Statewide polling shows that the decision of the New Orleans city government is very unpopular. 68% of respondents in a recent Triumph Campaigns poll opposed removing the statues.
Politically, this is nothing but a win-win for Jindal. The population of the state will overwhelmingly back him on this, slapping down a Mayor of New Orleans is always popular, and conservatives in Iowa will love Jindal for it. Finally, there is the perception in the nation that enough is enough when it comes to erasing the Confederacy. The rest of the country is ready to move on and isn’t on board with demolishing statues ISIS-style like Landrieu is.
After all, Mitch Landrieu was voting for Confederate flag license plates when he was in the Legislature.