Sidney Torres

NEW ORLEANS — In an exclusive interview with WGNO on Tuesday night, businessman and CNBC-TV star Sidney Torres IV said he’s seriously considering making the leap from millionaire investor to Mayor of New Orleans.

But on Wednesday night, Torres posted a statement on his Facebook page, saying that he’s already the victim of “dirty politics.”

Torres told WGNO that he “grew up in a political family” (some of his relatives have been public officials in St. Bernard Parish) and he said he had seen “how (politics) work– the good, the bad, and the ugly.”

It’s the “ugly” that Torres says he’s seeing now– even before he’s made his decision.

Torres says he’s hired a “strategist” and assembled a team to run his potential mayoral campaign. Yet he’s also assembled a second team — to help him craft an announcement that he will not be running.

And he insists that he is sitting on the fence, exploring every possible pro and con of a decision that could be a “life-changer.”

But Torres posted on his Facebook page that “political operatives” had received leaked information about what Torres might be planning to do if he decides not to run. His statement is below:

“It is disappointing that I am compelled to address dirty politics before I have even made a decision on whether or not to become a candidate for Mayor of New Orleans. I completed producing two commercials to…