NEW ORLEANS, La. – New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu passed on running for governor in Louisiana when the race looked unwinnable for Democrats. But now that Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards is favored to become the state’s next governor, Landrieu maintains he has no regrets in passing on the campaign – despite the missed opportunity.
“No. No, I love being mayor of the city of New Orleans,” Landrieu said. “What I need is a great partner in Baton Rouge, and to make sure that Washington, Baton Rouge and the city are all working together, because New Orleans has a long way to go but we’re really on the right path. So, I’m thrilled about it. I’m thrilled that John Bel’s going to be the next governor, and I’m thrilled I’m going to have a partner to continue to help make New Orleans a great city.”
Landrieu spoke at a rally Saturday morning for Edwards in Duncan Plaza, just next to city hall in downtown New Orleans – and Landrieu got his moment on the gubernatorial stage, sort of. Edwards was too sick to attend the rally, so Landrieu ended up being the event’s main attraction. Landrieu rolled up in jeans, sneakers and sunglasses, wearing a tight-fitting black t-shirt with a “NOLA” logo emblazoned on the front, and offered an enthusiastic appraisal of Edwards.