Nathan Stubbs

Honore disses media, dismisses Senate rumors

by Nathan Stubbs

Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore — the "Category 5 General" hailed for his role coordinating military relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina — is moving back to his home state of Louisiana. But the talk that he is gearing up to run for the U.S. Senate against David Vitter is nothing more than rumors, Honore told CNN. "No one's talking to me about running for Senate." The CNN emergency preparedness analyst says he plans to continue his work as a consultant and possibly get into teaching. He didn't rule out politics entirely. "As of this time, I'm not running for any political office," he said.

Honore, who once famously called a reporter "stuck on stupid" during an interview, apparently remains seriously concerned about the Fourth Estate, perplexed as to why he wasn't hounded by media following an Internet report last week that he was seriously considering running for the Senate. Honore says he fielded more than 100 e-mails about the report, but no inquiries from reporters. "That ought to scare the hell out of people in this country," Honore said. (For the record, this Independent Weekly reporter is still waiting on a response to an e-mail sent to Honore on Friday.)