But Tuesday, a day before qualifying starts, Leger emailed supporters to say he would not be running.It was clear that I would have whipped everybody. But that just didn't seem very nice so, enjoy being mayor, then, whoever. Ok, Walt. Anyway, we knew Walt was out the same week Desiree got in. But it's been fun.
"The decision was not an easy one, mostly because it presented such an amazing opportunity to serve this great city, but also because I am certain a path to victory was clear," Leger said. "However, my public service has never been about titles or jumping to the next best thing. Rather, I remain focused on working hard, studying issues, and relentlessly pursuing policy initiatives in a professional, reasonable and bipartisan manner."
Meanwhile... is that Troy Henry's music?
Troy Henry, the business consultant who in the 2010 New Orleans mayor’s race finished a distant second to Mayor Mitch Landrieu, said Tuesday that he is pondering jumping into this year’s mayoral fray.Hey look it's a business guy who makes loud, self-aggrandizing statements in all caps with exclamation points. That' new.
His consideration of a second run is fueled by a desire to solve city ills such as violent crime, unequal opportunities for residents and gentrification, he said in a prepared statement.
“We can't continue going from one administration to the next with the same problems that continue to plague every Mayor and Council,” Henry said. “Something different has to happen to benefit the citizens not just in talk or political rhetoric, but in REALITY!”
You may also remember Mr. Henry from such political follies as:
Going to the mat in favor of corporal punishment at St. Aug.
Having also been employed by a company attempting to privatize water systems in New Orleans and in Atlanta... but also lying about his specific role with that company.
Having been at Enron during an interesting time.
After a dozen years with IBM, Henry was recruited to help launch an energy-services branch at Enron. He moved his family back to New Orleans while he commuted to Houston.Having had his 2010 campaign basically ended by one rebuke from Sybil Morial.
As vice president for North American operations, Henry recalled putting in long hours to take "a business that was floundering and give it some direction." But in mid-2001, Henry said he was startled to see an earnings report that appeared inflated.
Henry said he was told by superiors that Enron simply was engaging in aggressive bookkeeping with its accounting firm's blessing. He left the company on Sept. 7, 2001, just as revelations began to emerge of a massive accounting fraud that led to Enron's collapse in one of the largest corporate scandals in U.S. history.
So, yeah, he should be fun to have around this fall. Anyone with a chip on his shoulder this big fits right in with the current zeitgeist.
He might also appeal to voters who are fed up with the current slate of long-time politicians and want an outsider to shake things up -- a profile Henry appeared to be cultivating in his statement Tuesday.
“I have been successful without the politics, despite being unfavorably treated by the current administration and the power structure of the city,” he said.