Will Kennedy award raise Landrieu's political profile?

Chris Miller
May 21, 2018 - 6:33 am

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Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu continues to make national headlines, this weekend receiving the "John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage" award from the Kennedy Library Foundation. 

The award is given to leaders, often for doing unpopular or controversial things that, in the view of the Kennedy Library Foundation, exhibit great courage. Landrieu was this year's sole recipient, for his taking the lead in removing the Confederate monuments. 

Political analyst Ron Faucheux says they don't just give this out to anyone.

"It would certainly be a feather in his cap if he did attempt to run for national office," said Faucheux. 

Faucheux says by 2020, people may have forgotten about this award, and it's up to Landrieu to remind them, if he wants to stay politically relevant.

"It's how you put it in context and use it as a qualification and part of your message," said Faucheux. "It's hard (for mayors) to get national recognition and any kinds of national presence, so anything like this that has a national perspective would help somebody like that."

Click here to watch the award presentation and Landrieu's acceptance...

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