Pressure is building on several different fronts for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. This week two prominent, powerful, and influential leaders hit the mayor hard blaming him for the out of control violence in his city.
This comes on the heels of a new study also out this week showing Orleans Parish as one of the most dangerous places on the planet when it comes to murder.
Louisiana State Attorney General Jeff Landry released a video Thursday targeting Mayor Landrieu.
The video reads, “In the past year 702 people have been shot in the Crescent City. In just 5 days 3 have been murdered. When will Mayor Landrieu’s focus shift from playing politics, defending sanctuary cities, and creating controversy to keeping the citizens of New Orleans safe. The violence must end.”
The video then shows a montage of homicide victims flash on the screen.
Mayor Landrieu responded to the Landry video by tweeting, “Keeping New Orleans safe is too important to play politics with @AGJeffLandry”
Mr. Landry has been highly critical of Mr. Landrieu in the past criticizing him for a spike in violence in New Orleans. He’s accused Mr. Landrieu of playing games when it comes to fighting crime.
Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro also took a shot at Mr. Landrieu this week releasing a scathing editorial at the New Orleans Advocate accusing the mayor of endangering the citizens of New Orleans.
Cannizzaro writes, “Ensuring public safety is a full-time job that demands a sustained and consistent approach from leaders. In espousing tough-on-crime policies on one day and then pacifist policies the next, this mayor has repeatedly placed politics above public safety. As a result, he has caused the city to suffer through the repeated cycle of escalating rates of violent crime under his administration.”
Mr. Landrieu’s already infuriated a large portion of his constituents by tearing down popular historical monuments. There are reports he’s been booed when walking in some restaurants.
Mr. Landrieu’s legacy is sure to suffer and he is especially vulnerable politically considering the recent study showing Orleans Parish more dangerous than any other county in the nation and more dangerous than all but three countries on the globe.
And then there is the recent report by the Metropolitan Crime Commission blaming Mr. Landrieu’s hiring freeze of cops when he was first elected for the dramatic increase in New Orleans violence.
If Mr. Landrieu does plan to run for president as it has been rumored he’d better hire the very best of political operatives to help him repair his badly damaged image.
Dan Fagan is a former television news reporter, journalism professor, newspaper columnist, and radio talk show host. He grew up in New Orleans and currently lives there. He is a regular contributor for The Hayride. If you have a news tip for Mr. Fagan you can reach him at [email protected] or 504-458-2542.