New Orleans Democrat Mayor LaToya Cantrell says racism forced her to charge local taxpayers nearly $30,000 for her first-class plane tickets to Europe.
At a press conference on Thursday last week, the two-term mayor was confronted over her extravagant travel in violation of municipal policy mandating city employees book “the lowest available airfare.”
“Employees who choose an upgrade from coach, economy, or business class flights are solely responsible for the difference in cost,” reads the city travel policy.
Cantrell, however, was defiant against charges of financial misconduct. She said she will not reimburse city taxpayers for her first-class upgrades to France and Switzerland.
“All expenses incurred doing business on behalf of the city of New Orleans, will not be reimbursed to the city of New