Skip to comments.Governor Jindal Stirring Unrest among Louisiana Conservatives
Posted on 11/01/2011 6:47:27 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Even though Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal just won re-election in a landslide victory, there is a growing rumbling of discontent statewide among conservatives. While Jindal is being touted nationwide as the next great hope for the Republican Party, there are folks in Louisiana who would beg to differ. How can that be with such an overwhelming mandate? In last week's election, Jindal carried all 64 of Louisiana's parishes. What could be wrong?
Conservative discontent with Jindal centers around several issues including his bungled handling of a legislative pay raise in 2008; his sham ethics reform; and now his alignment with 37-year Democrat (and recent Republican) John Alario, whom Jindal has endorsed for President of the State Senate, to name a few.
When Bobby Jindal ran for his first term in 2007, he issued this promise:
Prohibit Legislators from giving themselves pay raises that take effect before the subsequent elections.
Any increase in salary approved by the Legislature should take effect after the next election so the public can decide who deserves that compensation.
That promise quickly crumbled in 2008, when the Louisiana legislature voted itself a huge pay raise from $16,800 a year to $37,500. The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana called the pay raise "absurd":
The $34,000 proposed pay raise for legislators is absurd. The increase would bring Louisiana legislators' compensation to $70,000, which is 198 percent of the average pay for part-time legislatures across the nation and 102 percent of the average pay for full-time legislatures - including per diem amounts and expense allowances.
Not bad money for a part-time job. The Louisiana legislature meets for only about three months a year. To make matters worse, the bill would grant automatic pay raises in the future without legislative or voter approval.
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Not sure what to make about Jindal supporting Alario. There are no quotes/comments from Jindal in the piece...so his side isn't really given.
“Louisiana Ethics Reform” is an oxymoron
RE: Jindal may run for senate sometime, but he knows he is not even close to being natural born.
Is there a constitutional requirement for a Senator to be natural born?
LA has one party rule like most other Southern states. I guess some people just can’t be happy the Democrats were run out of New Orleans.
If Jindal was half as bad as his critics say, he would not have carried every parish in the state.
However, I think he might get tapped as HHS secretary..and he'd do a superb job..but not sure if he wants to leave LA right now..
You have to be natural born to be President and Vice President.
Every other elective and appointive federal office is open to all American citizens, native born and naturalized, alike.
Sounds to this poster, like one of the potential VP candidates, just hired Karl Rove.
Miss read my statement, I said he may run for senate, he does not meet the requirements for higher elected office. I believe he has already said that himself.
Not being from Louisiana, I don’t know all the ins and outs of the state laws. So, if the Legislature votes themselves a pay raise, what would it take for Jindal to stop it? I guess I’m trying to figure out why conservatives would be blaming him for that situation.
Did he go though a naturalization ceremony??
He was natural born.. So yes he can run for President..
The natural born rule no longer applies. Jindal can run for prez if he wants to because obama was seated.
Man, obummers mother was a citizen. And yes the law still applies, but you need to contest before the vote, not after.
First of all, the demmicrats are still running New Orleans. Jindal is a lieing SOS. He is a RINO and is only interested in keeping his name in the papers to inflate his ego.
He carried all the parishes because the other 9 people were unknowns and didn’t have the money to compete. All the major rags supported him. Check the DEADPELICAN.com for more info on Mr. Jindal.
Legislatures (state and federal) could be part-time jobs with 1/10th pay, NO retirement, NO insurance, NO benefits and NO perks. These POS politicians can get a full time job doing something productive not progressive.
Their part-time job could be spent DEFUNDING/DISMANTLING socialist collectives, foreign and domestic (our government in particular).
--That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
He was born in Baton Rouge to Indian immigrant parents - Baton Rouge not part of the US?
RE: Did he go though a naturalization ceremony??
He did not have to, he was BORN IN THE USA.
RE: His father is a citizen of Egypt the last I heard. History would say he and his mother applied. The libs had not started the anchor baby crap back then.
Bobby’s parents are Amar and Raj Jindal, who came to the United States as immigrants from Punjab, India, 6 months before he was born.
Where did you get the information that his father is a citizen of Egypt?
Students from india.
This reads like a bitch and moan session to me. Essentially, here is what happened:
Jindal was going to be politically expedient about pay raises, but got blowback from the public and did the right thing.
He is working with a life-long political animal in his state who switched to the Republican party.
And his reform legislation was very good but not perfect, dammit.
Knowing ALL of this about Bobby Jindal, 66% of the voters re-elected him.
Repeatedly the author refers to conservative discontent, but the three cited sources of critcism are two “non-partisan” groups and the NEW YORK TIMES. The bitching about Bobby’s wife having an educational foundation was particularly galling.
Probably you are full of it.
That said, I am not exactly wild about Jindal, who at this point appears to be mostly about Jindal.
They got devorced and the last I read he move to egypt or one of the other countries around there. You can look it up and they both came here on student visas.
Ah. You are construing natural-born as born to citizens, rather than merely born in the country.
Both houses of the LA legislature are Republican-majority. Both houses are 4 year terms, and every seat is up for re-election next Tuesday, along with state legislative elections in NJ, VA, and MS.
RE: You can look it up and they both came here on student visas.
I know that his parents came here on student visas and Bobby was born here. As for his father moving to Egypt, you should be the one providing the source (reliable please), not me.
The onus on providing the reliable link is on the one giving the information.
The election for the LA legislature (all-party primary) was already held the same day as the statewide races and the GOP won. There will be runoffs held shortly for the candidates that didn’t reach 50%.
Well, if you ask a Texan, you may be surprised at the answer. Anyone that sucks the head of a mud bug is doubtfully American. Then there's the "Who Dat" language barrier.
This is just a coincidence. Our republican operatives are just going overboard to destroy any nominee for president or vice president. What is wrong with these people?
Jindal is the only good thing to happen for Rick Perry. For all the stumbles of Rick, Jindal does the damage work in sunday shows.
Jindal will be a great vice president candidate and he will destroy joe biden. Also, Jindal will bring a nice executive experience, congressional experience to the ticket
The political climate of Louisiana was established almost single-handedly by Huey Long. It is a true tribute to Gov. Jindal’s political skills that he can be as conservative as he is and yet continue to survive in that lake.
Amar Jindal worked for Exxon in Baton Rouge for sometime and now works for USR Corp with locations in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and around the world. Don’t know about a divorce but rumors don’t need verification just throw them out.
Jindal is a RINO, a type-specimen Big-Government Republican. I’ve known the man for fifteen years.
He talks the talk as well as any politician and makes you believe he’s the second coming of Ronald Reagan, but he ain’t no movement conservative.
I live here and have followed and engaged in Louisiana politics all of my adult life and I know what I’m talking about.
How about posting the numbers of deficit reduction in the state? How about posting the number of business that as come to Louisiana because of Jindal? How about his leadership skill during the gulf spill?
My good FRiend, I have no reason to doubt you, but this flies in the face of how he has been depicted, even in the conservative media.Reading all the stories just before the election, it sounded loike he’s done a GREAT job in LA, that’s why he didn’t even have a seriosu dem opponent..
It is now. But, you see, it was under French rule when Vattel wrote his book about natural-born citizens. Therefore, because Vattel trumps the 14th Amendment and all such, anybody born in Baton Rouge cannot be an NBC.
And if you don't believe me, just go ask Mario Apuzzo, Esq.
He promised to veto the pay raise then signed it right after the election. He has promised gold standard ethics laws then delivered this toothless fools gold mess we have today. Now he dumps Edward Wilson Edwards’ crony, John Alario on us a couple of days after the election. For more information go to thedeadpelican.com or moongriffon.com.
Folks, Bobby “ain’t all that”. While I knew he was going to win big time, I didn’t vote for him this go around and will not do so again.
I’ve seen it all, after all I live here and I am a working reporter that publishes a newsblog every single day. Many of the political operatives here are acquaintances of mine. There is very little that concerns politics in the state of Louisiana that I don’t see or read.
The national media doesn’t know squat about what happens here, they only know what they’re told by paid spin experts.
Jindal is a vast improvement over Blanco and even Mike Foster, who was another alleged conservative, but was no such thing. That said, I did vote for Jindal ten days ago.
Jindal has done some good things, but mainly because we conservatives here called his hand and MADE him do it.
George Bush did some good things while he was President, but does anyone here on this thread try to claim Bush was a real conservative?
Here’s a couple of threads WITH DOCUMENTATION on some the things that happened early in Jindal’s term.
EDITORIAL: Still time to veto (JindalWatch® Alert)
Times Picayune ^ | June 23, 2008 | Staff
Posted on Monday, June 23, 2008 4:18:05 AM by abb
Louisiana’s growing state payroll strains budget (JindalWatch® Alert)
Times Picayune ^ | February 15, 2009 | Robert Travis Scott
Posted on Sunday, February 15, 2009 6:49:36 AM by abb
One of my favorite towns in all the state...
Because McCain was NOT BORN IN THE USA he was born in Panama. He is a citizen because his parents were both U.S. citizens and since he was born outside the U.S. he wanted his eligibility confirmed.
You are comparing apples and oranges.
RE: , I didnt vote for him this go around and will not do so again.
I gather you sat this most recent election out? Otherwise, which alternative did you vote for?
So does Louisiana have such a thing as a "veto proof majority" and if so, did the pay raise pass by a sufficient number to be veto proof?
The other question to ask is, were there other things in this bill that Jindal would have been hard pressed to veto (i.e. some issue near and dear to the hearts of Louisiana voters)?
I'm just trying to understand, not arguing.
Here’s another thread that I put up back during the Louisiana Legislative pay raise debate. Lots of alleged FReepers called me a lot of names back then.
I took it real personal.
Recall fever spreads to Jindal (JindalWatch® Alert)
Times Picayune ^ | June 28, 2008 | Robert Travis Scott
Posted on Saturday, June 28, 2008 2:34:27 AM by abb
No, there was a Libertarian who didn’t have snowball’s chance in August. But as it turned out, I might as well have stayed home. Voters didn’t agreed with many of my choices.
One other point should be made: There was an extremely low turn-out for this election so that high percentage win was like LSU playing a junior high team. Everyone was frightened off by Bobby’s money.
Look, I am not angry with Bobby, it is just this: he is a much better talker than a doer as the national folks like Rush and Shaun will find out one day.
Do you know of some way in which Gov. Jindal is neglecting his duties to the people of Louisiana?
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