Here at home, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has consistently swatted down rumors that he's considering running for president in 2020.
He did it again just recently, when he sat for an interview for LaPolitics publisher Jeremy Alford's podcast. Landrieu told Alford that he doesn't know what his future holds once he leaves office in May, but that he has no intention of running for any other political post "at this time." As for the presidential rumors, he said that he does not plan to be a candidate in 2020.
Out there in the rest of the world, though, Landrieu seems to be sending mixed signals.
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Mike Allen of the news site Axios posted an account Monday of a joint interview he conducted last week in Los Angeles with Mayor Eric Garcetti and Landrieu. Allen described his subjects as "two highly ambitious Democrats who don't even bother hiding their strong desire to run in 2020 — and to reshape the party."
From Allen's own account, he may have been overstating things, at least in Landrieu's case.
Landrieu appeared in his role as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a post that has given him a high national profile. While Garcetti doesn't bother with ritual denials, Allen wrote, Landrieu only "seems clearly interested." And Garcetti's the one who cracked a joke about the two forming a ticket, although Landrieu apparently enjoyed a good laugh at the thought.
Allen's argument is that, with Washington's reputation in the gutter, experience outside of the nation's capital could be a plus next time around. His account also suggests that the public collapse of the Sewerage & Water Board on Landrieu's watch has not damaged his reputation outside the city; instead of the August flood and chaos that ensued, he mentioned Landrieu's well-received speech about removing Confederate monuments on public ground.
Of course, none of this proves Landrieu's taking a serious look at a national run right now. But it does leave the distinct impression that, denials aside, he's not too bothered by the speculation.