Tuesday, 31 March 2015 17:56
Teepell, Parker leave Jindal for new opportunities, but Register says it's the prez campaign
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Jindal-collageToday, Governor Bobby Jindal announced a number of new staff appointments in the Governor’s Office after Taylor Teepell and Matt Parker resigned.  According to the Jindal press release, both have resigned to pursue new opportunities.


However, the Des Moines Register reports:

Republican Bobby Jindal is putting together an Iowa team, digging in for a possible presidential bid even as other GOP stars sail past him in the polls.

Jindal, a Christian conservative, is one of the last Republican 2016 contenders to hire strategists who would orchestrate a campaign here if they decide to run.

The 43-year-old Louisiana governor has formed a new political organization called the American Future Project, and is sending three staffers to Iowa, aides told The Des Moines Register Tuesday.

Matt Parker and Taylor Teepell will both leave their current jobs in the governor's office, and will slide into national campaign roles for Jindal if he runs, said Gail Gitcho, an adviser to the American Future Project and the pro-Jindal super PAC Believe Again.


Teepell is the brother of Jindal political consultant, former campaign manager and chief of staff, Timmy Teepell.  Parker is Timmy Teepell's  brother-in-law 

Jindal's media announcement today also named the replacements: 

Stafford Palmieri will replace Taylor Teepell as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Governor’s Office and Melissa Mann will replace Matt Parker as Director of Legislative Affairs. Natalie LaBorde will replace Palmieri as Assistant Chief of Staff, and Sarah Turner will replace LaBorde as Policy Director.

The Governor also announced that Troy Hebert would be serving as Legislative Liaison during the upcoming legislative session. Hebert will retain his role as Commissioner of the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control.


Stafford Palmieri most recently served as Assistant Chief of Staff. Prior to that, she served as Policy Director in the Office of the Governor. Prior to that position, she served as education and workforce policy advisor to the Governor.  Prior to joining the administration, she was Associate Editor and Policy Analyst at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an education policy think tank in Washington, D.C. Palmieri has a degree in political science from Yale University.

Natalie LaBorde most recently served as Policy Director. Before that, she served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Governor Jindal. Prior to that role, she served as Assistant Executive Counsel to the Governor. LaBorde has a degree in political science from Louisiana State University and a Juris Doctor degree from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Prior to law school, LaBorde worked in Sydney, Australia as an operations strategist with the The A21 Campaign, an international anti-human trafficking organization. She also co-founded the LSU student organization Tigers Against Trafficking, which still raises awareness about human trafficking in the Baton Rouge community today.

Sarah Turner most recently served as Deputy Policy Director in the Office of Governor Jindal. Turner has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University and a Masters in Business Administration from Tulane University. Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, Sarah interned with the Department of Education and was a teacher for Teach for America in Nashville, TN.

Melissa Mann most recently served as Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs in the Governor’s Office. Prior to that role, Mann worked at the Department of Transportation and Development as Legislative Liaison. She also previously worked as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff in the Governor’s Office. Mann has a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University.

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