Monday, June 2, 2008

NY Times calls Jindal New (true) Champion of the Right

In an article today, The New York Times says that "Religion and fiscal stringency have a friendly home at the state Capitol here, with a conservative, Bobby Jindal, in the governor’s office, a host of straight-arrow novice legislators eager to please him and an honored spot for the Louisiana Family Forum in the old marble halls. . .

On the floor of the House this year, several legislators have invoked the position of the Louisiana Family Forum, a faith-oriented, anti-abortion group that is affiliated with conservatives like James C. Dobson of Focus on the Family and Tony Perkins, who helped found it. Its executive director, the Rev. Gene Mills, has become a frequent presence in the legislative halls. At the group’s modest offices here, Mr. Jindal is seen as practically one of the family. ."

Rev. Gene Mills (executive director of Louisiana Family Forum) says he counts several “close personal friends” on Mr. Jindal’s team of young activists and has known the family of the governor’s chief of staff, Timmy Teepell, for “years and years.” Mr. Teepell, a former deputy political director at the RNC whose family has been active in the home-school movement in Baton Rouge, has emerged as Mr. Jindal’s point man at the Louisiana Capitol, forcefully advocating for the voucher program, for one.
The governor’s secretary of labor, Tim Barfield, was a founding member of the Louisiana Family Forum and, Mr. Mills said, is a “squeaky-clean young man.”

And here is the clincher: "Mr. Jindal’s spokeswoman did not respond to messages on Friday."
They must have thought that it was the Shreveport Times. They never refuse to talk to national media, only Louisiana media.


Grandmère Mimi said...

"Mr. Jindal’s spokeswoman did not respond to messages on Friday."

Wow! Let's hope that riles the NYT enough that they will keep an eye on him, too. Melinda and Tom are not ready for the big leagues.

How embarrassing to see how our government looks to the rest of the world. It looks that way to me, but I thought maybe not everyone knew. They will now.

Jim said...

The blinders seem to be coming off a lot of Jindalista's eyes. The true conservatives who supported him are seeing him as an opportunist. Some of us knew that all along.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Yes. My son was one of the those who thought Jindal was the Second Coming. He's waking up. Hey, that's a good word - Jindalistas.