Too Much Travel? Jindal Responds

POSTED: Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 7:53pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:57pm

Governor Bobby Jindal is in California and according to his office, he’s raising money for his re-election. Some pundits and political opponents say Jindal needs to spend more time here in Louisiana. The Governor says he’s spending plenty time here in the Bayou State and he says every time he travels outside of Louisiana he’s able to brag about the state.

He’s appeared on national news programs, he gave the Republic response to Barrack Obama’s speech, and now he’s in California raising money for his re-election. “I hope they’ll give me the chance to serve them again. I’d love to be Governor a second term. It’s obviously ultimately up to the people of Louisiana and that’s three years away.”

Three years away, but today, the Governor is raising money for his campaign in California. Some people say Jindal appears to have his eyes on the White House and has already shifted his focus from Louisiana. Critics say Jindal is spending too much time out of state, but Jindal says traveling is part of his job. “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to go and tell folks all over this country about the reforms happening in our state.”

He says it’s also helping to get new businesses to move into the state. Despite criticisms that he’s been out of state too much, Jindal says he’s done even more traveling inside the state. “I’ve been in every single parish in this state multiple times. We’ve done hundreds of visits all over the state. I can’t tell you how many people say, ‘you’re the first Governor I’ve seen in my neighborhood and my community,’ and we’re going to continue to do that.”

Jindal says despite what’s running through the rumor mill he’s not planning a run for the White House and he hopes to be reelected for a second term as Louisiana’s Governor. In our interview, Jindal went a step further and told us he wants to see his grandchildren born in Louisiana and has no intentions of leaving.