John Georges not running for governor

The Advocate Publisher John Georges said Tuesday he is not running for governor.

“I have no plans to run for governor. I’m flattered by the attention, but I’m happy being publisher and growing The Advocate,” Georges said Tuesday. “But, I never say never in politics.”

Georges says he was interviewed by Kelly Connelly of LaPolitics, a political-oriented website, about what conditions would be necessary for him to jump into the 2015 contest. LaPolitics published a piece titled “John Georges for Governor?” Tuesday morning. It promoted a fuller article to be published Wednesday.

But the article prompted speculation that Georges, like Baton Rouge businessman Jim Bernhard, was flirting with the idea of running for governor. U.S. Sen. David Vitter and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, both Republicans, and state Rep. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat from Amite, already have announced their intentions to succeed Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is precluded by law from seeking a third consecutive term in 2015.

Georges unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2007 and for mayor of New Orleans in 2010. He has served on the Louisiana Board of Regents.

Georges is a second-generation Greek-American and runs his family’s business, Imperial Trading. Georges also owns Harrison Company and Galatoire’s Restaurant.

He bought The Advocate, which publishes daily newspapers in Acadiana, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, in May 2013.

“My interest and focus is on growing The Advocate,” Georges said.