Mitch Landrieu planned to take down two historic monuments in the middle of the night, according to sources close to the Hayride.
Landrieu and his staff worked out a clandestine scheme to be carried out under the cover of night. With such an unpopular issue, it appears the Mayor prefers to conduct business in the shadows.
The two monuments targeted: Liberty Place and Jefferson Davis. Early Thursday morning, at 1:00 am, a contractor was to begin removing the first monument.
The Landrieu administration repeatedly and adamantly denied to reporters on Wednesday that they had nighttime removal plans. The Lyin’ Landrieu administration has now changed their story and on Thursday, admitted that Mitch got cold feet, although more likely he was embarrassed into calling it off due to the media exposing him.
The contractor’s name, Big Yellow Construction, circulated across the internet and people began calling to inquire and object to such a sneaky move. The owner told callers he is a city contractor and is not taking down the monuments, rather he is doing a repair job to the A.P. Tureaud monument. (Which in itself is a story, the city caring for its monuments!)
This new contractor is outside of the public bid. The contractor has no known experience removing priceless artwork. He has two violations according to the City of New Orleans’ One Stop App for working without a permit.
Mayor Landrieu hid away from phone calls from reporters on Wednesday. He probably sat in his office with his inner circle wondering: what just happened. Then, do I go ahead and take them down, or hold off? Only time will tell…