"A partnership cannot work when you have an absent partner. I thought there would be much more of a working relationship. I thought you'd be able to talk with him: 'Here are my concerns, here are my views.' ... He's the governor, the leader of the state. It's like being on a battlefield and seeing your general to know he's there and cares about the troops. He should want to be here, be engaged. I don't see any evidence that he is." — State Rep. Kevin Pearson, R-Slidell, talking about Gov. Bobby Jindal with Tyler Bridges of The Lens.
A number of prominent Louisiana Republicans were candid about what Bridges called Jindal's "chronic absenteeism" in Baton Rouge. Chas Roemer, a Republican and president of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, told Bridges, "There's been no interaction with the governor except through the press. I find it offensive. This is not a part-time job. This is not one that can be done from New York or Washington, D.C., or wherever his latest fundraiser is." Roemer added he hadn't met with Jindal in a year.