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Friday, June 16, 2017

The Hill: 'Meet Mitch Landrieu, the 2020 dark-horse Dem'

Posted By on Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 3:22 PM

click to enlarge The Hill is talking up Mayor Mitch Landrieu's chances for the presidency in 2020.
  • The Hill is talking up Mayor Mitch Landrieu's chances for the presidency in 2020.

Though he's said he has no interest in running for President in 2020, the national media just won't seem to leave Mayor Mitch Landrieu alone.

First it was The New York Times, then Chuck Todd on Meet the Press — and now The Hill is bandying about the Landrieu name in highly flattering terms, saying that unnamed "Democrats say Landrieu and other non-establishment politicians like him could be the future of the party."

It's a confusing (if highly flattering) piece — after calling Landrieu a "non-establishment" politician, it goes on to stress the Landrieu family's longtime political bona fides. The Hill also states "Landrieu would have success in appealing to progressives. He sought to curb violence by pushing gun safety laws last year. 'We are not going to stop until we change a culture of violence to a culture of peace,' he said at the signing of the city's gun ordinances" — without mentioning that violent crime is spiking in New Orleans right now.

Perhaps the most reasonable voice in Amie Parnes' profile is that of veteran political pollster Dr. Ed Chernevak:
Ed Chervenak, a professor of politics at the University of New Orleans, said that while Landrieu has “turned the city around and moved it forward,” his presidential prospects for 2020 seem like a long shot. “It’s hard to see the leap from mayor,” Chervenak said. 
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