Jindal’s binders full of men

By Robert Mann

Bobby Jindal keeps saying it, so he truly must be, as Mark Ballard noted in Sunday’s Baton Rouge Advocate, “irony impaired.”

I’m talking about Jindal’s statement in his speech to the Republican National Committee on Thursday in Charlotte: “The first step in getting the voters to like you is to demonstrate that you like them.”binders of women

Seems to me one way to demonstrate to voters that you like them is to entrust them with jobs and responsibilities, such as appointing them to various government boards and commissions.  Take the LSU Board of Supervisors, for example. As Ballard notes in his column:

The LSU board has one black member, former state Sen. Ann Duplessis, who also is the only woman. The only members approaching “middle class” status are the two former aides to GOP governors, Stephen Perry and Scott Angelle.

The rest are white businessmen: owners and executives of energy producing and servicing concerns, processed meats and publishing companies, fast food franchisers, hotel developers and corporate lawyers. Together, these “non-political” supervisors, their immediate families and their companies donated nearly $300,000 to Jindal’s campaigns, according to disclosures filed with the Louisiana Board of Ethics.

The nearly all-male, all-white LSU Board is not an insignificant institution. As Ballard notes, the board “oversees the 10 charity hospitals and many clinics around the state, as well as about 44,000 students at four universities, two medical schools, and a law school.”

Then, there’s the nearly all-white, all-male Louisiana Board of Regents, the super-governing board for Louisiana higher education. Of its 16 members, three are female and only one is black.

By contrast, the Southern University Board of Supervisors is predominately black. Out of 14 members, only one is white. Just as significant, the Southern board has only two women.

Aside from Jindal’s very troubling segregation of whites and blacks on the higher education boards (is the historically black university the only place Jindal believes blacks are competent to govern?), it appears that Jindal doesn’t believe that women should be entrusted with the governance of Louisiana higher education.

Three boards. A total of 47 members. And a grand total of five women.

Five.

As Ballard further notes, “Thirty-two percent of the state’s 4.5 million people are black [and] women make up 51 percent of the state’s population.”

Jindal is the visionary leader who purports to lecture the GOP on how to persuade the American people that his party respects and wants to reach out to all the people?

Perhaps our governor should call Mitt Romney for some advice on how to find some qualified women for these positions.

I hear he has binders full of them.

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  1. Robert Mann says:

    I can think of at least four women who served on the LSU board during Blanco’s term. One of them who she appointed, Laura Leach, served as chair of the board. But I am also very certain that Kathleen Blanco never lectured the DNC about diversity, as did Jindal at the RNC. And I’m confident that her appointments to various boards and commissions, and throughout her administration, had far more diversity than Jindal has achieved. My main beef with Jindal in this area is that he presumes to lecture his national party about the need for diversity, when he has not followed his own advice at home.

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