New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who isn’t running for president, will join Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who isn’t running for vice president, at a fundraiser Thursday in Baton Rouge that will command tickets ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, according to The San Jose Mercury News. Christie’s stop in the Bayou State is the last on a three-state junket the Garden State Republican is making to raise funds for the GOP — both his own state party and the operations in Louisiana, California and Missouri.
Christie has insisted for months he has no intention to seek the Republican presidential nomination, but as The New York Times reports today under a headline titled “Wealthy, Influential, Leaning Republican and Pushing a Christie Bid for President,” a cadre of wealthy, well-heeled, conservative benefactors including Home Depot founder Kenneth G. Langone and TEA Party enabler David H. Koch have formed a de facto “Draft Christie” committee to convince New Jersey’s chief executive to enter the race.
Jindal, meanwhile, fueled speculation earlier this month that he might be interested in joining the GOP ticket as vice presidential candidate when he endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who at the time was exploding in the polls shortly after entering the field. Perry’s campaign has since begun to implode following dreadful debate performances and inflammatory rhetoric regarding Social Security in a book he penned last year. Jindal, however, continues to maintain he has no political aspirations beyond the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion.
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OCT 31 The National Journal posts another story from its visit to NOLA, this one about the struggling Vietnamese shrimpers in the area. The publication has been looking at how the state is recovering from Katrina, nine years later.
OCT 31 The New York Times posts this look at Louisiana politics, and how national issues are forcing out the old-time local politicking. Of course they mention EWE, aptly described as an old-time politician known for "charming one half of the state and mortifying the other."
OCT 31 Here's an AP story on the ABC site about Louisiana's chicken little response to an international medical conference planned in NOLA this weekend. Organizers (who are actual physicians, as opposed to the hand-wringing state officials who issued the edicts) say the orders are "unfortunate" given that a main focus of the meeting was Ebola.
OCT 31 Given the things Bobby Jindal has said and done since he's been governor, it's a pretty safe bet he thinks we're a bunch of dummies. Apparently, he's sure President Obama is one, too. This story on Huff Post quotes Jindal as saying the president - a graduate of Harvard Law - should sue to get his money back. (What should a Brown biology grad who doesn't believe in evolution do?)
OCT 31 Us old folks are used to a two-party system, although most of us aren't sold on its success. But what if that system wasn't in place; what if politics reflected the true level of diversity among voters? That's what an LSU student is dreaming of in this editorial. He sees the two parties' control of our politics as limiting.
OCT 31 And you thought the Senate race was dirty. This post on the Forward Now blog tells the story of a Shreveport mayoral campaign worker who was paid to "infiltrate" and "sabotage" an opponent's campaign. Karma's a beeotch, though, because turns out the guy really liked the "enemy," and now he's supporting her. For real.
OCT 30 The National Journal offers this analysis of Bobby Jindal's willingness to stump in any Senate campaign that's not in Louisiana. Why is that? The Journal asks some GOPers and finds that the answer is one we already know: he's so unpopular here, because he's been so busy running for President, that his support might be "toxic."
OCT 30 Blogger Tom Aswell is still all over the OGB mess - and all by himself, apparently. In this post, he's revealing orders from the Jindal administration to destroy records from the state employee health insurance plan. Those orders (he's heard) have angered the Secretary of State and caused an administration lawyer to quit her job. Wow!
OCT 30 A NOLA lady has alleged she was drugged and raped at a Bywater club that had a clothing-optional policy until recently, and she's now become the victim of a smear campaign, columnist Jarvis DeBerry writes in this post. She chose to reveal her story and her name, and she's being punished for that now, he says.
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