Former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who has largely been silent on the performance of her successor, Gov. Bobby Jindal, broke her silence with some brief remarks at a lunch meeting of the Acadiana Press Club last week. Referring to Jindal's plan to swap corporate and individual state income taxes for a 47 percent sales tax hike, Blanco said, "We need to really focus a little bit more on the real problems [facing Louisiana]. And a lot less on trying to change a tax system that is not broken."
Blanco and Jindal faced off for the governor's seat in 2003. Jindal, the only Republican on the ballot, was the leader in that year's primary election, while Blanco bested fellow Democrats Buddy Leach and Richard Ieyoub for the second spot on the runoff ballot. She defeated Jindal that November and served one term in office before declining to run again in 2007.
Also taking a swipe at Jindal's tax plan: former Gov. Edwin Edwards, who told The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette last week, "It's a tax plan for the rich at the expense of the poor."
— KEVIN ALLMAN