Jay Dardenne offered job in John Bel Edwards administration, says he's keeping his 'options open' _lowres

Democratic candidate for governor John Bel Edwards, left, thanks Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne for his endorsement of Edwards in the Louisiana governor's race,Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, in Baton Rouge, La. Dardenne, who ran fourth in the primary, chose Edwards over Republican contender David Vitter in the runoff election. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

“I’m keeping my options open in that regard,” Dardenne told The Advocate on Wednesday. “I’m considering a possible role in the administration.”

Dardenne would not say which job or jobs are under discussion.

Dardenne lost a governor’s bid then endorsed Edwards in the runoffelection over Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter. Edwards beat Vitter by 12 percent in Nov. 21 balloting.

Dardenne has been routinely mentioned as a possible Commissioner of Administration – the top government management job – and more recently as the state’s economic development secretary.

The commissioner’s job would be a good fit for Dardenne, who as a state senator served as chairman of budget panels and became familiar with the workings of state government. Prior to becoming lieutenant governor, he also served as secretary of state overseeing elections.

Dardenne said he met briefly with Edwards earlier this week and plans to sit down with him again soon.

“If I do get involved, I want to do it sooner rather than later,” Dardenne said.

Edwards becomes governor on Jan. 11, 2016.