NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Less than a week before Latoya Cantrell takes the oath to become the city's first female mayor, Attorney General Jeff Landry is commenting on his probe of Cantrell's use of a City Council credit card.
Landry issued the following statement:
Landry's comment came out moments after Cantrell unveiled her transition team's book of recommendations. Beau Tidwell, incoming communications director for Cantrell's administration, responded swiftly:
"I think the timing today served two purposes," said Dillard University Urban Politics Professor Robert Collins, Ph.D.
Collins points to Landry's political aspirations.
"He knew that releasing the press release right after her press conference would have the biggest effect in terms of just generating the most press coverage. Number two, we know that the attorney general is investigating a run for governor," said Collins.
And during her press conference on her transition team's recommendations, Cantrell suggested that she is not getting the full story from the current administration on the city's financial picture.
"I believe that there are some issues as it relates to the financial viability of the city that are being overlooked, and it's something that we have to make a priority once we get into office. For example, I'm hearing about a possible deficit within the jail, I'm hearing, in terms of Criminal Court, these are things that are not budgeted for, but I am bracing myself. I do believe that there will be some needs that I have not been adequately informed about," Cantrell said.
The mayor's office takes issue with that.
Mayor Landrieu's Director of Communication Tyronne Walker issued the following response to Cantrell's claims: