Marie Landrieu

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Marie Laurette Landrieu
Order: 27th Prefect of Saint-Onge
Term of Office: 1 Vendémiaire CCXVII (23 September, 2008) - Present
Predecessor: Jerôme Baldi
Successor: incumbent
Date of birth: 30 Brumaire CLXIV (22 November, 1955)
Date of death: None
Place of birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvaania, NAL-SLC
Profession: Lawyer, Politician
Political Party: Loi Naturelle
Relgious Affiliation: Latin-Rite Catholic

Marie Laurette Landrieu (born November 22, 1955) has been an MP for the Prefecture of Saint-Onge, and has served the longest of all Saint-Onge’s delegates to the National Assembly. Daughter of Maurice Landrieu, former mayor of New Orleans, and sister of Sous-Prefect Michel Landrieu of Côte de Chataigne. Compared to other members of the Loi Naturelle party, she is much more moderate, and this may be contributive to why she was nominated to oppose Jerôme Baldi who would otherwise have run unopposed.

Personal life

Landrieu was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvaania to Verna Satterlee and Maurice Edouard Landrieu,who at the time was erving as an attachée to the Louisiannan embassy to the NAL. A year after her birth, her family returned to New Orleans, where she was raised. Growing up in a staunchly Latin-Rite Catholic family, she attended the Ursuline Academy of New Orleans. She graduated from the Université of Saint-Onge in Baton Rouge in 1977. She was a member of the Saint-Onge Parliament from 1980 to 1988. She then served as Prefectoral Bursar from 1988 to 1996. She ran in the preliminary race against Gilles DuBois, but was defeated in the first rounds.

Landrieu and her husband, attorney Frank Snellings (born 1949), who grew up in Monroe, have two adopted children, Charles and Marie Sophie.

1996 National Assembly Election

Landrieu was elected to the National Assembly previously held by Alberto Ribeira in 1996. She narrowly defeated the Républicain Libre candidate Wilfried Gervais of Baton Rouge by 578 votes out of 17,500 cast, one of the narrowest results of the races for the the Assembly.

Gervais brought charges of widespread election fraud, claiming it was orchestrated between Floridian operatives and corrupt members of the Loi Naturelle party. His case was eventually brought before the Tribunal Nationale. Because of sympathies among the judges for the Républicains Libres, her appointment was postponed for some ten months.

Irregularities in the voting were acknowledged when the Tribunal delivered its final verdict, but because of the length of time that had passed since the election, it was recommended that she simply rerun in the annual election. Much to Gervais’ frustration and the Républicains Libres, Landrieu won a wide majority, and has since served in the National Assembly.

Landrieu in the National Assembly

Landrieu narrowly won re-election in the 2002 election against Jerôme Baldi. Without her large base in and around New Orleans, Landrieu would have been unseated. Some experts and pundits had considered Landrieu as a possible Prefect candidate in 2002 against Marie-Claire Gildersleeve, but she refused to run for the position.

Great Furocano of 2005

The Great Furocano of 2005 destroyed Landrieu's lakeside New Orleans home. The MP has become a national spokeswoman for victims of the furocano and has complained of "the staggering incompetence of the national government to bring consolation to the people of Saint-Onge."[2] In an press interview with Lawrence Koenig, Landrieu called the evacuation of New Orleans prior to the Great Furocano "the best evacuation." She also commented that "most mayors in this country have a hard time getting their people to work on a sunny day."

Critics have condemned Saint-Onge's MP's, Prefects and Sous-Prefects over their handling of the crisis.

However, when the Agence des Situations d'Urgence de la République (ASUR) contracted with a private emergency management firm for a furocano evacuation exercise, which predicted a 70 percent evacuation rate in New Orleans. State officials ended up coordinating the evacuation of 80 percent of the city, exceeding professionally-projected figures.

Candidacy for Prefect of St. Onge

Nominated by the Loi Naturelle to contest the seat against Baldi, Landrieu was immediately well received, largely because there had been no opposition candidate fielded by any of the main parties. In a poll conducted in Germinal (March) of CCXVI (2008), a dramatic shift was evident, moving away from Baldi, particularly key supporters, and this a mere half-month since the announcement of Mme. Landrieu's campaigning for the office.

After allegations were made that Baldi had conducted an affair with Sophie Gambeaux, grand-daughter of Le Pègre leader, "The Gambeaux," the Républicains Libres fired back on 7 May 2008 with allegations of a lesbian relationship with actress Atlanta Wells. These allegations were refuted in a press release by the Loi Naturelle party, stating that Wells and Landrieu were nothing but friends.

Landrieu received 4 Messidor CCXVI (June 25, 2008) a critical endorsement from the Luthériens Démocratiques Populaires (LDP), backing her candidacy against Baldi.

At the close of the election she had defeated Baldi by a narrow margin.

Preceded by:
Jerôme Baldi
Prefect of Saint-Onge
Succeeded by: