Two days after Mayor Mitch Landrieu was endorsed by President Barack Obama, his mayoral challenger, Michael Bagneris, scored a Democratic endorsement of his own: that of the Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee (OPDEC). The group also snubbed Landrieu in its 2010 endorsements, supporting businessman Troy Henry for mayor in a race that Landrieu won handily.
At the Alliance for Good Government's first round of forums Jan. 9, Landrieu squared off against challengers Bagneris and Danatus King, both of whom delivered the message — implicitly and explicitly — that the city's recovery hadn't buoyed all people and neighborhoods. Nevertheless, Landrieu snagged the Alliance's endorsement. District C candidates Jackie Clarkson and Nadine Ramsey also appeared at the forum, as did District E incumbent James Gray and challenger Cynthia Willard-Lewis. The Alliance, which generally favors the establishment, produced no surprises in those races, endorsing Clarkson and Gray.
The Alliance will hold its other endorsement forums at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14 and 15 at Loyola University, at which time the organization will interview the rest of the council candidates as well as candidates for sheriff, coroner and clerk of court.