Gov. Bobby Jindal pledged to be a governor for all the people shortly after he won office in October 2007. As evidence of that promise at the time, Jindal refused to get involved in local legislative runoffs even when a fellow Republican faced a Democrat. The move earned Jindal respect and a measure of loyalty from incoming Democratic lawmakers.
Last week, however, Jindal broke from his own script and endorsed businessman Lee Domingue in an all-Republican special election in state Senate District 16 in Baton Rouge. Jindal threw his support to Domingue, who shares Jindals affiliation with the partys evangelical wing, just as Domingue came in for some rough treatment from his two opponents and the media.
On Saturday (March 7), the primary returns showed that perhaps Jindal should have stuck to his script and stayed out. Domingue, who outspent his opponents and expected to run first, finished a disappointing second behind attorney Dan Claitor.
The results were Claitor, 39 percent; Domingue, 34 percent; and Laurinda Calongne, 27 percent.
Clearly, this is not good news for the governor, who has been on a political roller coaster of late.
In the April 4 runoff, supporters of Claitor are hoping to get an endorsement form Calongne, who was attacked by Domingue during the primary.