Wednesday, September 30, 2009

John Georges Sure is Acting like He's Running for Mayor

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 10:11 PM

click to enlarge John Georges and Quit Davis

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Photographs courtesy of Greg Rhoades

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John Georges hasn't officially come out and said that he's running for mayor -- he came just barely shy of saying so on the radio -- but considering his actions of late, you could pretty much count on it. See that picture up there? That's Georges with Jazzfest founder Quint Davis (far left in white jacket) on the back of a car at the head of the Young Olympia 125th Anniversary Second Line back on Sunday. See that bag Georges is holding in his lap? Well they were full of these:

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click to enlarge Georges for Mayor Bracelet

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He was also handing out plastic cups and Mardi Gras beads with the same slogans on them. Oh, and GeorgesforMayor.com has been booked, meaning somebody (probably Georges) has bought the rights to the URL and is creating a site for it.

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We were there filming second line footage for our brass band documentary and noticed Georges handing out the trinkets. With all the people that were out on Sunday (not sure on the actual count but it had to be in the thousands) I can't think of a better grassroots effort than giving out plastic cups at a second line -- most of which were promptly filled with booze.

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Now far be it from me, a humble sports and entertainment writer, to do any political prognosticating. But when someone who has already run for governor of Louisiana is talking about his possible platform on the radio on one day and is then handing out "Georges for Mayor" trinkets on the next, it's a good chance that that person is most likely running for mayor. Official announcement or not.

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Oh, and it always helps to have a guy like Quint Davis on your side. That should keep people from making any references to Tommy Carcetti from "The Wire" (though he did become Mayor of Baltimore and then Governor, so that may not be a bad thing).

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click to enlarge Quint with Georges wristband

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