With the vote to remove four historical monuments, including Robert E. Lee Circle, just next week, the New Orleans City Council still does not seem entirely decided on the issue.
The Hayride will be bringing readers developing updates and stories on this monumental decision by the City Council, which is being pushed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration.
Though the votes have yet to be cast, the Hayride has received exclusive knowledge about how members on the City Council may vote on the issue. This information, though, remains unconfirmed.
City Council members who appear to be ‘yays’ on removing all four monuments, according to sources, seem to be Councilman at Large Jason Williams, District D Councilman Jared Brossett and District E Councilman James Gray.
Williams and Brossett spoke openly about their hopes to eventually help remove the monuments, while Gray was also a co-sponsor on a motion to push the issue forward to a vote.
District B Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell seemed to be leaning towards removing the monuments months ago, but sources say the councilwoman could actually be against Landrieu’s proposal, taking a position that the issue is racially divisive.
Meanwhile, Councilwoman at Large Stacy Head and District A Councilwoman Susan Guidry could both be ‘nay’ votes on the issue, as both have been restrained on their comments about the monuments debacle.
Possibly the most undecided on monument removal is District C Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey who sources are calling a potential “swing vote” on the issue. Ramsey represents the Algiers area and parts of the French Quarter, which means she may be getting push-back from residents who want to keep the city’s strong sense of history in the Quarter.
Landrieu only needs four City Council ‘yay’ votes to remove the four historical monuments and sources say he could be working diligently to sway undecided council members to help get the monuments removed.
Stay with the Hayride over the next week to get all the latest updates on this developing issue.