It was a weekend-long, trickle-down story, floated first by two New Orleans publications at the end of August and picked up early last week by newspapers, broadcast outlets and political Web sites across the land. But it's all bunk, Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore told CNN: He will not oppose U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-Metairie, next year in the GOP primary.
"That is a serious rumor that got started that's created a lot of buzz," Honore, a native of Zachary, told the network, where he works as an emergency preparedness analyst. In short, it's "all about speculation and rumors," he says.
That leaves Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-Napoleonville, to carry the anti-Vitter water alone as the only major declared candidate thus far. — Jeremy Alford