Skip to comments.Bobby to Bail? Insiders Predict [Louisiana Governor] Jindal Leaving
Posted on 07/27/2010 12:18:56 PM PDT by rrstar96
For some time now, THE DEAD PELICAN has noted the unusual level of interest in the Louisiana Lt. governor's race. There are FIVE candidates currently running for the position! And everyone knows that if Jindal were to quit, the Lt. Governor would take over.
There is a growing belief that those in the Lt. Governo's race are NOT running for that position alone: some expect to eventually be the next governor if they win.
Some of the speculation is fueled by Secretary of State Jay Dardenne's interest in the position. Some find it curious that he is running. Going from Secretary of State to Lt. Governor is not a step up for Mr. Dardenne- at least not in terms of job responsibility. But if Jindal were to resign, the Lt. governor would take his place. And that WOULD BE a step up for Dardenne if he were Lt. Governor when Bobby leaves.
Statewide conservative radio show host Moon Griffon noted today on his show that "If Jindal doesn't leave, it will be a shocker to me." He believes that Jindal will leave because his numbers are up and he is viewed positively- which may not last when Jindal is forced to deal with the state's looming budget shortfalls. Griffon has a history of accurate predictions: he predicted that former Gov. Kathleen Blanco would not run for re-election over a year before she announced that she would not.
Respected veteran columnist Sam Hanna of the Ouachita Citizen has had some suspicions as well. In a July 2009 column, Hanna recalled a conversation with top Jindal staffer Timmy Teepell. Hannah wrote that Teepell "was forthcoming when he said not long ago that Jindal was content to serve as governor and had no intentions of seeking the Republican nomination for president in three years.
"Since Teepell is a friend, let's hope he doesn't mind a friend telling him that he would make a terrible poker player," Hannah concluded.
A recent article in the Baton Rouge Advocate noted the recent high turnover in the Jindal administration. The article cited the departure of Commissioner of Administration Angèle Davis and State Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine as part of "a continuing turnover of Cabinet secretaries and staff."
In the same article, Pearson Cross, head of the political science department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette compared the high turnover in the Jindal admin to "rats from a sinking ship."
The state is facing huge financial problems with multibillion-dollar budget shortfalls, which means that Jindal will either have to cut spending or raise taxes, a decision that would threaten his currently high approval ratings.
Which is why some say the time for Jindal to get out is now - or so some think.
Be still my beating heart!!
Wow Ray carrying pissant’s water today. Surprise, Surprise, Surprise.
I'd like to see DeMint/Allen West.
I don't trust Jindal on being a fiscal conservative. He makes the right noises to woo Christians, but he is no fiscal conservative.
I’ll bet he can balance his check book!
He won’t win Louisiana.
Chad Rodgers is very conservative. His post, deadpelican.com is a local version of The Drudge Report.
This is no planted story. Gov’nr Bobby passed a budget 2 Billion dollars out of line. He will not stand past March, 2011.
Spot the hell on, JW.
Chad isn’t much of a Jindal fan. I quit reading his site as he’s a Paultard.
It seems to me that if Jindal runs for president in 2012 you’d have the same issue of vacancy so it’s best to become LG now.
He's got a good long way to go to prove himself. He would do well to get his mind off being president and get busy fixing Louisiana first.
As much as I hate to admit it, many of us were expecting much more from this governor than what he has delivered. One keeps getting the impression that being governor is just a stepping stone that he is eager to cast aside for greener pastures. He also seems to think he is above reproach and that standards of openness that he expects from others do not apply to him.