Sources close to the new Landrieu Administration confirm that state Sen. Ann Duplessis of eastern New Orleans will join the Landrieu team as one of the "deputy mayors" that the new mayor wants to create. Because the job technically doesn't exist yet, Duplessis likely will be appointed a deputy chief administrative officer. Duplessis is in her second term as a state senator, and her district includes eastern New Orleans and the Lower Ninth Ward. Sources say she will delay joining the Landrieu Administration until after the current legislative session so the city will not be "short" one senator.
Professionally, Duplessis serves as executive vice president of Liberty Bank for retail banking, marketing and compliance. She declined comment on her impending job change, but it was the talk of the Legislature late last week.
Chief among those expected to seek Duplessis' seat is state Rep. Austin Badon, another eastern New Orleans Democrat. Badon recently lost a hard-fought race for City Council from District E to new Councilman Jon Johnson, who, coincidentally, lost his former Senate seat to Duplessis in 2003. Johnson challenged Duplessis in 2007 and narrowly lost that bid to recapture his old seat. — Clancy DuBos