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Mitch Landrieu cements Louisiana family dynasty

By Laurie Bennett

February 15, 2010 at 11:35am

As the light of one American political dynasty dimmed last week, another shone more brightly.

In Rhode Island, Rep. Patrick Kennedy, son of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, announced he would not seek re-election. His departure from Washington next January will mark the first time in more than six decades that there has not been a Kennedy in Congress.

In New Orleans, meanwhile, Mitch Landrieu was elected mayor.

Mitch Landrieu
Mitch Landrieu

As Louisiana’s lieutenant governor and a longtime member of the state House of Representatives, Landrieu is well known.

But the brand was established by his father, Moon Landrieu, who was mayor in the 1970s. Moon Landrieu is still beloved by many voters.

Landrieu’s sister, Mary, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996, after an unsuccessful run for governor.

And another sister, Madeleine, is a judge with the Civil District Court for Orleans Parish.

This was Mitch Landrieu’s third attempt to win the mayor’s seat. He drew 66 percent of the vote.

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