New Orleans City Council endorsement appears to have racial component

Mayor Mitch Landrieu never made direct reference to the touchy subject of the New Orleans City Council’s white majority Thursday as he endorsed former Councilwoman Cynthia Willard-Lewis in the April 21 runoff to fill an at-large seat on the city’s legislative panel. But it was clear by what he did say that the thorny issue of race was a key factor in his decision to choose Willard-Lewis, who is black, over her white opponent, Councilwoman Stacy Head.

“I need someone who’s going to be a partner with me to represent all of the people of the city of New Orleans,” Landrieu said to a cheering crowd of more than 100 gathered at the New Orleans Healing Center on St. Claude Avenue.

As a white mayor of a city that is 60 percent black, Landrieu has to walk a fine line in matters of race.

New Orleans City Council endorsement appears to have racial component |


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