New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu continues to evade questions about how the city government secured private funding for the removal of Confederate monuments, citing security reasons.
Hours after workers tore down the Liberty Place Monument on Monday, under police protection, the mayor was asked repeatedly where the money came from to pay for its removal.
Landrieu would only respond, “We have enough funding to take down all four monuments.”
The Liberty Place obelisk is the first of four Confederate-era monuments the city plans remove.
Other monuments set for removal are the statues of Gen. Robert E. Lee, Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard and Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
City officials have never explained why the contractor who responded to their bid to remove the statues, Couzan Services, bid $600,000, which is more than three times the amount the city planned to spend.
The mayor was likewise not clear when asked why the Battle of Liberty Place monument was removed when it was not included in the original plan because it was the subject of a lawsuit.
100% Fed Up reports:
The mayor of New Orleans is being evasive on who funded the removal of 4 statues in the heart of the city. He’s also not responding to questions on when the remaining 3 statues will be taken down and what he plans on doing with them.
Who is funding the removal? Shouldn’t the citizens know? Do the citizens of New orleans not have a say in any of this?