New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu Throws Support Behind Caroline Fayard In Senate Race

In no surprise to anyone inside politics, Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans threw his support behind attorney Caroline Fayard in the state’s US Senate, as the two Democrats’ families share a long history together.

Landrieu said in a statement that essentially, Fayard was the new Mary Landrieu, the mayor’s Democrat sister who was ousted from her Senate seat years ago by Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA).

“Caroline Fayard will fight for New Orleans and Louisiana,” Landrieu said. “She will bring new energy to Washington. Caroline will keep flood protection and coastal restoration a top priority.

“She also understands that investments in public safety and infrastructure will make our city and state stronger.  Lastly, I am confident she will also support public charter schools, which is vital to keeping our city and state moving forward.”

Fayard has been made out to be a centrist, though her political ties run deep into the left-wing of the Democratic Party.

As the Hayride reported, Fayard picked up plenty of Mary Landrieu’s old staffers for her campaign.

Fayard’s Senior Advisor T Bradley Keith formerly served as Landrieu’s state director for 15 years. Political director to Fayard, Angele Wilson-Grant served as political advisor for Landrieu during her last three Senate races.

And Fayard’s Finance Director Jordan Mitchell served as deputy finance director on Landrieu’s re-election campaign in 2014.

Ironically, a spokesman for Fayard said the announcement of the team was a sign that Fayard “represents a new generation of leadership for Louisiana,” despite the team being part of the old, Landrieu political guard.

On top of that, the Fayard family has a long history with the Landrieu political dynasty, as well as the Clintons.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans backed Fayard in the 2010 Lt. Governor race against Jay Dardenne.

And when Landrieu needed help with his re-election bid in 2013 as Mayor of New Orleans, Caroline and her father, Democrat mega-donor Calvin Fayard, were there to throw cash at the Landrieu machine.

At one point during Landrieu’s 2013 mayoral re-election race, Fayard and her father both gave the Mayor $5,000 each to help boost his campaign.

Most recently, the Clintons, Fayards and Landrieus have all gotten intertwined.

Earlier this year in January, the Fayard’s threw a swanky fundraiser for Hillary Clinton‘s presidential bid which Mitch Landrieu and his sister former Sen. Mary Landrieu co-hosted together.

The minimum amount an attendee could make was a $1,000 donation to Clinton. Or attendees could have donated $2,700 to take a photo with Clinton or $10,000 and even $27,000.

In February, after Calvin Fayard’s fundraiser for Clinton, Mitch Landrieu officially endorsed Hillary Clinton against socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

 

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