UPDATE: While Georges isn’t in the governor’s race, one interesting tidbit from qualifying is that former congressman Joseph Cao is, after all, running for Attorney General.
Cao had said he would run, then vacillated about running and threw out the idea that maybe he’d be a good fit for Education Superintendent.
Nobody gives Cao much of a chance against incumbent Buddy Caldwell.
Additionally, there is now a Libertarian candidate in the governor’s race, Scott Lewis of Baton Rouge.
UPDATE: Georges isn’t running….
I have given the race for governor serious consideration and although our polling shows i would be able to give governor jindal a tough race, there is simply not enough time to organize a statewide campaign. I want to thanks all those who encouraged me to run for governor again. I believe i will be in a bettor position in four years. In the meantime i plan to continue to do my part by investing in Louisiana to create more jobs and supporting so many worthwhile causes in the communitly.
ORIGINAL:…or so his Facebook page says.
The New Orleans millionaire had lent himself $10 million for a gubernatorial run earlier this year before paying the money back to himself. Now he’s saying he might run.
Georges most recently called himself a Democrat when he ran for mayor of New Orleans last year, but when he ran for governor in 2007 he was an independent. Prior to that he was a Republican.
In other election news, another Democrat has entered the race – Ivo “Trey” Roberts of Gretna. Roberts, a schoolteacher, is a member of the Greater New Orleans Tea Party and will apparently carry that standard against Jindal despite his unusual party affiliation.
“This governor has failed to recognize the tea party at all. He’s not spoken at any of our events. He’s failed to acknowledge us. We feel it is a snub,” he told the Baton Rouge Advocate.
In other races, two challengers have emerged to Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain – Belinda Alexandrenko of Baton Rouge, a former secretary for the LSU Agricultural Extension who ran long-shot campaigns for governor in 1995, 1999 and 2007 under the Reform Party banner, and Democrat Jamie LaBranche of LaPlace, a licensed arborist, have jumped into the race. Strain is regarded as a shoo-in.