Tuesday, July 17, 2012

This Deserves Attention: Mayor Landrieu's Reaction

In my opinion, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's remarks concerning the arrest of his son were spot on.  I couldn't ask for a better response from an elected official concerning the legal consequences of poor and illegal choices made and actions taken by their family members.  I am not in agreement with his political stances on certain issues, but this makes me stand back and salute in respect to what seems to be an honest and good man concerning the care for his son balanced with his responsibility to his city.  Read the story below ...

I took the liberty to bold his response...

New Orleans mayor's son arrested on DWI charge

July 17, 2012, 12:21 p.m. CDT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A teenage son of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu was arrested early Tuesday on charges that include driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.
Benjamin Landrieu, 19, was booked into the city's jail and released later in the morning. He was driving near the Tulane University campus in the city's Uptown neighborhood when he struck three parked cars, police said.
"I love my son very much unconditionally, but bad decisions have bad consequences," Landrieu said. "And there's no doubt that there will be legal consequences to bad decisions that Ben made last night and other family consequences, as well."
Officer Frank Robertson, a spokesman for the police department, said Benjamin Landrieu didn't have any visible injuries but was taken to a hospital as a precaution.
The mayor said he has instructed "everybody that works for the city ... to follow proper protocol and to follow proper procedures" in handling his son's case.
"I have every reason to believe that that's what happened last night and that will continue to happen as this matter winds its way through the legal process," he said during a press briefing where he also discussed an initiative designed to crack down on nuisance bars.
Landrieu said he doesn't know if his son was drinking at a bar before his arrest. The mayor said he went to the scene, but he said he was careful to "stand away."
"From everything I was able to witness, I thought the police did a very good job to follow the protocol," he said.


  1. I saw the 'breaking news' report early this morning. I immediately felt sorry for the mayor because as all parents know, we cannot control every choice that our children make. Being in the public eye, in any capacity, makes it that much worse. However, I admire him for speaking the truth in this situation and advising all involved to proceed as usual , as with any case. Our status or rank certainly does not exempt us from consequences, unless you're living in Hollywood. :)