It was hardly a surprise at this point, but Mayor Mitch Landrieu made it official last week when he told the Press Club of Baton Rouge he had decided not to get into the governor's race. "We have made tremendous progress," he said of New Orleans, "but we have a very long way to go. And because of that, I don't intend to be a candidate for governor in this fall's election."
As of press time, three of the announced major candidates — Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, State Sen. John Bel Edwards and Sen. David Vitter — were scheduled to appear at a gubernatorial debate sponsored by Crimefighters in Covington May 2. The Governor's West Bank Luncheon, an annual public forum, will feature all three along with Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne at a June 17 meeting at 8 a.m. in Westwego's John A. Alario Sr. Event Center.