Cantrell Campaign Calls for Ethics Investigation Into District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s Possible Abuse of Power & Misuse of Office

This morning the Cantrell Campaign for Mayor called for investigation by the Louisiana Ethics Board into the office of New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s unprecedented actions regarding the New Orleans mayoral election.

The Cantrell Campaign will also file a public records request for any and all communication between Cannizzaro’s office and Charbonnet’s campaign.

These moves follow Cannizzaro’s extraordinary effort to tilt the New Orleans mayoral race in favor of the candidate he has endorsed, Desiree Charbonnet. The effort appears to be an abuse of power by the office of the District Attorney.

Cannizzaro’s actions are consistent with previous examples of alleged unethical behavior. Just last week, a lawsuit was filed against him for allegedly issuing fake subpoenas.

Mayoral candidate, LaToya Cantrell said, “I am surprised and disappointed that the District Attorney is using the power of his office to help the candidate he has endorsed. The following is undeniable: The District Attorney is an all-in supporter of Desiree Charbonnet. Bernard “Bunny” Charbonnet, Desiree Charbonnet’s brother, has been on the payroll of the District Attorney. Billy Schultz, who serves as District Attorney Cannizzaro’s political consultant is also serving as a paid consultant to Desiree Charbonnet. I want the voters to know that none of these actions will distract me from running a campaign based on the real issues facing the voters of New Orleans.”