Gov. Bobby Jindal's frequent out-of-state fundraising junkets in 2010 paid off, according to his Feb. 15 filing with the Louisiana Ethics Administration. Jindal raised $3.4 million last year, an eyebrow-raising sum for a Republican governor with no Democratic challenger on the horizon. Jindal raised much of his money outside the state, yet he continues to insist he has no eye on higher office.
By comparison, Anh "Joseph" Cao, the former congressman who fought and lost a high-profile re-election campaign last fall against Cedric Richmond, raised only $2 million, while Richmond raised half that. The injection of funds brought Jindal's total war chest to $9.2 million for the Oct. 22 gubernatorial primary. The governor continues to raise money at every opportunity.
Meanwhile, one potential Jindal challenger piqued the interest of the press this week. State Senate President Joel Chaisson's finance report noted, under the category "Office Sought," three words: "a statewide office." Chaisson quickly told Politico he had no plans to run for governor this time around, though he didn't rule it out for the future. "There's some talk our governor may not serve a full term," Chaisson told Politico. "I have no illusions of doing it this fall for that seat. Our governor has a very large war chest." — Allman