Tuesday, 28 June 2011 13:05
Louisiana Gov. Jindal's Gift To Election Opponent Showed Real Class?
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Bobby JindalIt sure was nice of Bobby and gang.  In fact, it was" real class".  

Or was it?

The Jefferson Report filed an article on Monday stating that the Jindal campaign felt so taken back by the Governor’s only opponent’s appeal for money for her special-ed classroom that the Jindal campaign sought fit to donate $5,000 smackaroonies to help Tara Hollis’s class reach greater educational heights.

When I first read the Jefferson Report article, I thought to myself, huh? Why?

 Why would Jindal’s campaign contribute to Tara Hollis’s classroom in North Louisiana? Doesn’t the Governor know Hollis is running against him for the fourth floor? Was he so concerned over Hollis’s classroom’s lack of resources that he overlooked her candidacy for his job and dug deep into his campaign wallet?

Well kinda deep anyway.

Five thousand dollars out of possibly ten million will not make a dent in Jindal’s treasure trove, but the amount still hits the campaign contribution ceiling.

Apparently, I am not the only person who might be a little curious of the contribution. Hollis ended her thank-you letter to the Governor by stating, “I was thinking that perhaps you would be willing to extend the same generosity to adopt at least one needy classroom in each of Louisiana’s roughly two-thousand public schools. I think you will find that such a gift, to teachers and classrooms far more worthy than I, would have a profound impact on our State.

Governor, such a donation on your part to the schools of our State, just like the $5,000 you donated to my classroom shouldn’t cost too much. I estimate it would only cost about $10 million dollars.

Obviously, she knows that the Jindal administration will not make such a hefty contribution nor would any other candidate for any office in the world.

So, why would she send a thank you letter and a “dig” that a fair inference could be that Jindal had an ulterior motive for the gift?

Taking that possibility one step further, the transfer of many more thousands of dollars by Governor Foster to allegedly buy David Duke’s mailing list comes to mind. As you all know, after Foster purchased Duke’s mailing list, the neo-Nazi took the loot and left the campaign road allowing Foster to win the election. The transaction involved no other than Tony Perkins, the guardian of family values over at the Family Research Council.

Judging from the amount that Foster paid for the list, some have drawn the conclusion that Foster paid David Duke not to run for Governor.

Taking the possibility even further, the obvious question would be—did Jindal and/or his campaign make this contribution to buy Hollis from running?

Possibly. While Democratic Party Chairman Buddy Leach said yesterday that the party will field a full slate of candidates, as of this writing, no matter how poor Jindal looked during this now-completed legislative session, he is in the catbird seat to be re-elected by a sizeable margin no matter whom the Demos put up.

Then, why would the campaign make the contribution?

Many politicos believe that Jindal has long been concerned over losing North Louisiana.

Perhaps the thought of someone who hails from those parts talking badly against him could hurt him further as he stumbles out of the Baton Rouge fight with the legislators. Surely, if Jindal’s numbers drop from the last SMOR poll where he had approval figures equivalent to that of Mary Landrieu’s, Jindal could face more competition from the left and even from his right--which could drain that enormous war chest.

While John Georges has been quiet as of late, not going public as to why he has 10 million big ones in a campaign account for a statewide office run, the thought of a stream of negative exposure and big bucks hitting him is not a pleasant thought for a person with a documented desire to speak to a national audience.

I will be the first to admit that this hypothetical has a lot of “ifs”.

But, since the money came from his campaign account and not from his personal wealth, one can only assume that the donation had a pure political motive and was not just an act of beneficence.

Just what is that motive, is the five-thousand-dollar question.

Stephen Sabludowskyby Stephen Sabludowsky, Publisher of


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