Retired Louisiana Lt. General Russell Honore" may run for governor


Published 02/19 2014 06:20PM

Updated 02/19 2014 06:26PM

MONROE -- A well-known Louisiana general may throw his hat into the political ring. 

Lt. General Russell Honore' is a blunt and beloved man in Louisiana. The retired army man is best known for his efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, but now he says his help to the state of Louisiana may not be over. He may be considering entering the 2015 Louisiana Governor's race. 


"There are things that tempt me to want to do that," says Lt. Gen. Honore'. 


Tuesday, Honore', who was called 'The Ragin' Cajun' after Hurricane Katrina, spoke to a group of students at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Several times Honore' spoke about what he would do as governor, concerning emergency preparedness. It's a topic he knows a lot about after leading Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.


"The idea of helping the state. The state that made me who I am today, that taught me how to read and how to do math," says Honore'.


He points to education as a major focus as well. 


"That would be a platform if somebody would ask what would you run on," says Honore'.


He joins a growing list of those possibly wanting Governor Bobby Jindal's job as term limits push him out the office. Those includes Democrat Rep. John Bel Edwards,  Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, and U.S. Senator David Vitter.


Here's what political analyst John Sutherlin had to say about Vitter's announcement to run last month. 


"Clearly if you took a poll today, Vitter would be the front-runner right away," says Sutherlin. 


Other possibilities include State Treasurer John Kennedy and there have even been talks of former Northeast Louisiana Congressman Rodney Alexander running. 


"Everything is still on the table. I'm still a relatively young man in political years," said Alexander in August. 


And while General Honore' says he hasn't made a firm decision yet, he says he isn't afraid to be a leader.


"When I talk to people my age and they say well a lot of that's not popular, I say, it's not about being popular. It's about what? Performance."


The Louisiana Governor's election is more than a year and a half away, so there is plenty of time for people to run or back out of the race. 


Political analyst John Sutherlin says if Honore' does run, he would be 'tough to beat.'

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