Saturday, December 12, 2015

Mitch is not gonna run for Senate

Mitch Landrieu has all sorts of options for life as a former mayor.  He can become President Hillary Clinton's first ever National Resilience Czar or some such.  He can go to work for any number of consulting groups or think-tanks promoting neo-liberal urban policies all over the country.  He can take up permanent residence on the cot backstage at Aspen. Closer to home, he sit on one of the tourism promotion boards or, knowing him, create a new one all his own to chair.

Any of these options should prove at least as lucrative and certainly a heck of a lot easier than becoming a US Senator. He says he doesn't want to do it. But that won't stop pollsters from throwing his name in with every survey between now and the final day of qualifying.
Although Mitch Landrieu told LaPolitics last week he’s not interesting in running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by David Vitter, a new statewide poll shows the Democratic New Orleans mayor ahead of four Republican candidates who have either announced a run or are expected to.

The survey, conducted by Gulf Breeze, Florida-based Market Research Insight on Dec. 2-4 with 600 likely voters, shows Landrieu leading the pack with 30% of support. Trailing him are Republicans Scott Angelle at 24%, Charles Boustany and John Kennedy at 15% each, and John Fleming at 5%. The other 11% of respondents say they’re undecided.

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