GOP candidates for governor oppose removing confederate monuments
BATON ROUGE- All three Republicans in Louisiana's governor's race say they're against moving Confederate monuments in New Orleans. The one Democrat says the question should be left to city officials.
A city commission has recommended moving four monuments, including the statue of Robert E. Lee atop a column in Lee Circle.
Democrat John Bel Edwards says he doesn't know why candidates for governor would want to "inject themselves into this issue."
In a press release, Republican Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle called the proposal out-of-bounds political correctness.
Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said in a telephone interview he opposes the move.
A spokesman says U.S. Sen. David Vitter does, too. Earlier, Vitter advised Democratic Mayor Mitch Landrieu to focus on the city's murder rate, rather than monuments.