It was an embarrassing smack down Saturday for Gov. Bobby Jindal in Iowa.
Jindal, as you may recall, recently neglected his gubernatorial duties to spend a day trekking across Iowa, crusading against gay marriage and meddling in a state Supreme Court race.
That prompted a retired hotel clerk from Marion, Iowa, Dave Gregory, to send a letter to the editor of the Baton Rouge Advocate:
Your governor, Bobby Jindal, has traveled from town to town across Iowa crusading against gay marriage. Many suspect he’s already campaigning for the 2016 Iowa Presidential Caucuses.
We Iowans were recently subjected to an endless parade of Republican candidates during the 2012 Presidential Caucuses. We really don’t need Gov. Jindal’s wisdom and advice for the next four years.
Please call back your governor and find something for him to do. Aren’t there any homosexuals to persecute in Louisiana?
But now the Register has entered the fray, in its “Roses and Thistles” column, taking Jindal to task for messing in Iowa politics:
A thistle to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal for having the temerity to come here to lecture Iowans about their judges. Jindal was on the recent bus tour across the state campaigning to unseat Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins. This is the governor of a state whose courts have consistently been ranked No. 49 out of the 50 states in the respected state courts survey by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Iowa consistently ranks in the top five or 10 states overall in the survey of business lawyers. In Marshalltown, Jindal got a laugh with the remark that “Some of these judges, they actually make the replacement refs in the NFL look like geniuses.” That may be the case in his state: In the 2008 survey, Louisiana’s judges were rated the worst among the 50 states in the area of competence. Maybe Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad should head down to Louisiana and take a bus tour to persuade the good people of that state to reform their system of electing judges.
If, as expected, Jindal plans to run for president in 2016, he’s not off to a very good start with the most influential and widely read media outlet in the state.
- Free Speech? Not in Jindal’s Louisiana (bobmannblog.com)
- Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal Join Campaign To Oust Iowa Justice Over Gay Marriage (ontopmag.com)
- Jindal Approval Sinks Like A Stone; Vouchers Opposed By Majority (dailykingfish.com)
- Retention Of Judge David Wiggins In Iowa Likely, Poll Finds (ontopmag.com)