At that time, I urged Kathleen Blanco to not run for re-election as Governor of Louisiana. The public had lost their confidence in Blanco. Due to Katrina and Rita, their futures were totally disrupted, their families had fled throughout the country, their businesses were lost and their lives had changed forever. Unfairly, in my view, the governor was blamed for many of the problems associated with the hurricane response and the recovery. Still, it was obvious, at least to me, that she was not going to be re-elected no matter what she were to accomplish and that the state simply needed a change, despite her valiant efforts, her time and energies to do right.
Perhaps my timing was spot-on and a coincidence of coincidences occurred. Either the same day or the following day (I forget which), she notified the public that she would not be facing re-election. Now, as we know, her successor, Bobby Jindal, was elected emanating high hopes that Louisiana would not only be rebuilt but the Louisiana trains of government and efficiencies would be better than ever before.
Today, an isolated, but still, a growing chorus is urging Jindal to do somewhat of the same. They are urging him to resign, now. Jindal, who said he was going to be the most transparent governor in our history, fulfilled that promise. Many in the state and now more in America can see right through him. Call him the “Emperor without any Clothes” or “Casper the Friendly Ghost”, or whatever you want. The fact is clear—he has become totally transparent. Not only is his heart and attention not in this job, but he is also sacrificing us and hurting the state as he uses us all in his looney-tune effort to be relevant as a national leader, if not president.
Today, Bob Mann of LSU, a former assistant to John Breaux and Governor Blanco, both democrats, has urged Jindal to resign. He surely is not the only person to publically make this plea.
In his column which appears on his blog and the Times Picayune, he wrote:
Gov. Jindal, it’s time to quit. Not your campaign for the White House, although I think that would be wise. I’m mean that you should resign the governor’s job that has lost your attention and consumes little of your energy.
These are dangerous times, and Louisiana needs a full-time governor completely focused on our challenges. It’s not only our budget crisis, but also other serious problems that still require an active governor’s attention in the final year of his term.
You’re rarely in Louisiana these days. When you are home, you’re more interested in writing op-eds for out-of-state newspapers.
Many years ago, when asked if you were running for president, you would respond, “I have the job I want.” Some of us doubted you then. Now, everyone knows you have a job you don’t want.
So, just resign. Hand over the office to Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, who wants your job and would surely devote himself to Louisiana’s problems during what’s left of your term.
Last year, Jeff Crouere, in his Bayoubuzz column, was perhaps the first to publically request that Jindal should abandon his post at the mansion in Baton Rouge.
In June of 2014, Crouere, the former Exec-Director of the Louisiana Republican Party, a staunch-conservative, a co-founder of the Northshore Tea Party and the host of the ultra-conservative talk-show, Ringside Politics, made this statement:
It is apparent that Bobby Jindal needs to focus more on his main job. Over the next few months, the demands will increase exponentially. Therefore it is necessary for Jindal to give up his sideline position as it may interfere with his goals and ambitions which are all connected to his high profile all encompassing obsession.
It is time for Bobby Jindal to resign as Governor of Louisiana so he can concentrate all his energies on his true interest, running for President of the United States.
Recently, a strong voice of the past, former Republican-backed candidate for US Senator, state Senator Ben Bagert, repeated his own request for the same.
In a radio interview, Bagert said among other comments, ““There are a lot of things [being] done that are not advancing interest of the people of Louisiana but advancing Bobby Jindal’s personal ambitions.”
“It’s a shame that [any] public official in Louisiana would have to first get the permission of Grover Norquist, a fellow who is in Washington, D.C.”
In the recent past, I, likewise have requested that Jindal either resign from his post or suspend his presidential efforts. In a column, published earlier this month, I wrote:
Friends. I take little pleasure writing this column. I have found it quite painful.
But, as we rev up to the legislative session, let me ask you these questions--would you vote for this candidate for governor? Would you trust him with the people’s business? If not, would you continue paying him? Would you pay your employee forhalf of a job,especially if the work product is horrible?
Our Governor, Bobby Jindal, is making shreds of this state as he mocks us with his selfish uncompromising urge to become the nation’s most powerful.
Our State of Louisiana, our kids cannot afford the status quo with the status quo, Governor Jindal.
It is time he “man’s up”. It is time he either resigns as our state’s chief executive, do a Sarah Palin, allowing him to continue his bizarre presidential run or suspend it totally until he leaves office. It matters little if other states governors are running the circuit. We are a poor state, getting poorer. Promises have been deeply and utterly broken.
This state is at a crossroad. We’re in one of the greatest times of need. Seven years ago, we were there, courtesy of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Now, we are here, again, due to a man-made disaster. Our own product, Bobby Jindal.
Regardless, whether he resigns or stays in office, he owes the people of Louisiana. We should mandate this legislative session that he repay us for his incessant travel, for his personal political use of our state’s office. For starts, he should pay back half of last year’s salary.
To protect our state from future abuse, it is time we send a message to our future politicians. We extend you our public trust. We do not extend you a license to abuse us. When you put your own personal ambitions and welfare before the needs of the people, you will lose.
It is time for the people of Louisiana to stand up and to tell our governor, we would never elect him, nor do we want him unless things radically change. We are worn. Tired. We suffer from a horrible bout of Jindal-fatigue.
Something must change. It must be him.
Today, I join Mann, Crouere, Bagert and others who feel the same but for whatever personal reason they might have, they have not going public. I also ask Governor Bobby Jindal to resign as Governor of Louisiana.
The people of Louisiana no longer believe in him. They no longer feel is in doing a good job. In fact, two recent republican-oriented polls cite that 27 to 28 percent of the voters in Louisiana approve his job performance. This is much lower than Kathleen Blanco had ever registered at the nadir of her popularity—back when first, the walls of water and wind and then, a snail-like government response appeared to be destroying our ways of our lives.
The last time I traveled down this path in discussing Jindal’s future, I had hope for action on his part to honor his oath to the public. It has become apparent over the past few weeks that he has no intentions to do so.
Even worse, his solutions for this state are making mockery of the people of Louisiana and are harmful to the state’s future. His circuitous tax proposals created to please Grover Norquist rather than his own state is clear evidence that he has abandoned Louisiana and is now being blatantly hurtful.
Jindal publically promotes himself to be a strong and strident follower of God. I surely am not going to question his faith but honor it. The people of Louisiana have lost faith. Governor Jindal needs his freedom from our own future to be whom he wants to be, a presidential contender. So, I am, urging him to look at his own soul and ask whether he honestly believes he is being righteous and “godly” in governing this state at this urgent time of need, while focusing so intensely on his own personal future.
I have no doubt the strong clear and honest voice from within, would scream, resoundly—NO.