New Orleans area businessman John Georges said Thursday that he is opting against making a second stab at becoming governor.
“There is simply not enough time to organize a statewide campaign,” Georges posted on his Facebook wall Thursday afternoon.
Georges, a registered Democrat, finished a distant third to Gov. Bobby Jindal in 2007 after spending millions of his own money on the race.
On Facebook, Georges raised the possibility of running in four years, when term limits will prevent Jindal from seeking a consecutive third term.
Jindal is facing seven opponents to his re-election bid with less than three hours remaining to qualify for the Oct. 22 ballot.
Signing up Thursday to run against Jindal were political consultant Scott Lewis and Plaquemines Parish schoolteacher Ivo “Trey” Roberts.
Lewis, vice chairman of the state’s Libertarian Party, added his name to the governor’s race after two failed attempts to become secretary of state.
Lewis said the governor’s office is the best place to launch a platform.
Roberts signed up to run as a Democrat against Jindal.
Roberts, a member of the Greater New Orleans Tea Party, said Jindal has not weaned the state off federal dollars and bended beyond flexibility on pro-life issues.
“This governor has failed to recognize the tea party at all. He’s not spoken at any of our events. He’s failed to acknowledge us. We feel it is a snub,” he said.