Oct 21, 2007 Political
Bobby Jindal was elected as Governor of Louisiana and will succeed Kathleen Blanco who decided not to seek reelection after she was widely blamed for the state’s slow response to Katrina. Jindal is 36 years old and becomes the nation’s youngest governor as well as the first non-white male to be elected as Louisiana’s governor since the reconstruction era.
Jindal lost to Blanco in the last election and part of his campaign was based on a “buyer’s remorse” theme. Additionally, Jindal promised to clean up the corruption in Louisiana. This will be no small task a Louisiana politics is loaded with corruption. Two millionaires tried to prevent Jindal from winning. One of them a state senator and the other a businessman. It would be interesting to find out why they spent so much of their own money in an attempt to defeat a guy who vowed to rid the state of corruption.
I believe Bobby Jindal has his work cut out for him but he seems to have his head screwed on tightly and has a plan. I wish him well and I also caution him to watch his back. Deeply rooted corruption knows no bounds when it comes to protecting the crime that helps few flourish while others are victims of mismanagement. One only needs to look at New Orleans to realize that there is a lot to clean up, both as a result of the storm and as a result of the corrupt politics that is embedded in the fiber of the the body politic.
Perhaps his election signals a new path in Louisiana politics. If they can break up the nepotism the good people of Louisiana will be well on the road to success.
Good luck Bobby.
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