"Mitch has earned a second term as mayor — and I hope the people of New Orleans will give him one." — President Barack Obama, in a statement endorsing Mayor Mitch Landrieu's re-election bid.
"I am sure that before Feb. 1 many of Mary Landrieu's friends in Washington will endorse her brother. Today's endorsement is not about the Mayor of New Orleans, it's about the United States Senate. .... Mitch Landrieu can hide behind Washington insiders and his big sister, but he can't hide from the dramatic facts that make our community shutter [sic] in fear." — Mayoral candidate Michael Bagneris, in a statement responding to Obama's endorsement.