I have a bet with another member of the Alliance, and I wonder if you could settle it. She says that you have never NOT endorsed any Landrieu in any race. Is she correct?
Dear Rev. Walken,
Excellent question, because it gives me a chance to clear the air on something that I suspect is a misperception out there.
The question is addressed to me, but I have never personally endorsed any candidate for any office in any election. If the bet is whether I have personally failed to endorse any Landrieu, you win easily
because I have never personally endorsed anyone, ever. If by "you" the question means "Gambit Weekly," you still win. Here's why:
Currently there are three Landrieu siblings in public office
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, and Judge Madeleine Landrieu of Civil District Court in New Orleans. Their dad, former mayor and retired Appellate Judge Moon Landrieu, also held office since Gambit started publishing in December 1980.
I had to check the Gambit archives all the way back to 1987 to verify this one. Gambit has endorsed Mary Landrieu ALMOST every time she has run for office: for state representative (running for re-election in 1983), for governor in 1995, and for U.S. Senate in 1996 and 2002. But, the first time Mary Landrieu ran for state treasurer in 1987
Gambit Weekly endorsed her main opponent, then-state Rep. Kevin Reilly Sr. of Baton Rouge. Mary Landrieu won that race despite not having Gambit Weekly's endorsement. She did an excellent job, however, and won our endorsement when she ran for re-election in 1991.
Coincidentally, Gambit Weekly HAS endorsed state Treasurer John Kennedy Mary Landrieu's only announced opponent in the 2008 U.S. Senate race
every time he has run for any office (for Attorney General in 1991, for state treasurer in 2003 and 2007, and for U.S. Senate in 2004). It would be fair to say that both candidates for U.S. Senate in 2008 have been "favorites" of Gambit Weekly.
With regard to other Landrieus running for office, Gambit Weekly has endorsed Mitch Landrieu every time he has run
for state rep (1987 - 1999), for lieutenant governor (2003 and 2007), and for mayor (first in the 1994 primary and again in 2006).
Two other Landrieus who have held elective office have NEVER won Gambit Weekly's endorsement
but it's not their fault. For the record, Gambit Weekly has never endorsed Madeleine Landrieu or Moon Landrieu for their respective judgeships. Then again, Gambit Weekly does not endorse anyone in races for assessor or judge. We believe those offices should be appointed, and we therefore take no position in those races.
you win! I hope the stakes of your bet are a good meal at one of New Orleans' many fine restaurants.