Bobby Jindal’s post-oil spill appearance at a Georgia GOP fund-raiser in downtown Atlanta last night looks more and more like one of many pre-2012 forays across the country by the Louisiana governor.
Jindal regaled Republicans at the annual Victory Dinner with stories of federal red tape and bureaucracy during the BP oil spill and Hurricane Katrina.
This may have been the first gathering to bring together most of the opponents in this year’s Republican governor’s race, including Karen Handel, John Oxendine, Eric Johnson and the party’s nominee, Nathan Deal, who used the occasion to appeal for party unity in the upcoming election.
Jindal told the Georgia Republicans he has gotten used to people asking “How are you poor people doing down there,” after the series of disasters which have devastated the state over the decade. But Jindal said his state has outperformed the rest of the South and the nation in the recession, and claimed credit for the effect of reforms enacted while he has been governor.
According to Louisiana reports, Jindal next week will head to New Hampshire for two events on behalf of Republican John Stephen, who is challenging Democratic Gov. John Lynch.
The governor has picked up his out-of-state travel schedule in recent weeks after months of staying home to cope with the Gulf oil spill, campaigning for GOP candidates in California, Ohio, Minnesota and Florida.
But it’s always that trip to New Hampshire that sets off the presidential alarm.
The New York Times has posted the 65-page federal indictment that on Monday snared four Alabama state senators, Milton McGregor, that state’s largest casino owner, and several lobbyists – including Jay Walker, former chief of staff to House speaker Glenn Richardson. See it here.
Walker has resigned from his position as chief strategist to Mike Keown, the GOP challenger to U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany.
Sonny Perdue will end his eight years as governor with the state’s prize possession – the state’s AAA bond rating – intact. From the Atlanta Business Chronicle:
Georgia is one of a few states to maintain the highest bond ratings possible from Moody’s, Fitch, and Standard & Poor’s. Perdue’s office said the rating agencies credited the state’s active management of the budget, including withholding allotments to agencies to ensure expenditures do not exceed revenues.
AAA ratings mean the state typically pays very low interest rates on its debt.
The ratings come before this week’s sale of up to $975 million in bonds, including a refunding component and funding for capital projects authorized in the state’s fiscal 2010 and 2011 budgets. Projects include local school construction, higher education facilities, and public safety projects.
Over the weekend, the National Republican Congressional Committee unleashed a $5.4 million barrage of TV ads aimed at 27 Democrats in 20 states – including U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Macon:
In one of its more whimsical ads, the N.R.C.C. goes after Representative Jim Marshall from Georgia’s Eighth District, with an ad featuring an animated Ms. Pelosi cruising around the nation’s capital with Mr. Marshall in a red convertible as confetti streams down.
In the ad, a narrator claims that Mr. Marshall “went to Washington, where he met Nancy Pelosi. Jim voted with her almost 90 percent of the time.”
However, Mr. Marshall’s campaign disputes this figure as “utterly false” and “not defensible.”
“Any measure that compares Marshall and Pelosi’s votes shows that the N.R.C.C. claim in their ad is simply false,” said Doug Moore, a campaign spokesman.
In fact, a comparison of their records on roll call votes since January 2007 from OpenCongress, an independent, nonprofit Web site that tracks Congressional votes, puts their joint voting record at 66 percent — far lower than the N.R.C.C. ad claims.
Marshall’s campaign reports that in 2010, Marshall voted with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 60.9 percent of the time – and with Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio 65.3 percent of the time.
Boehner, incidently, encouraged Republicans to support the October 2008 bailout that the above ad condemns.
Every so often, Hester Prynne wears pants. This from the Macon Telegraph:
Houston County Chief Assistant District Attorney Jason Ashford, who is also a candidate for State Court judge, was fired Monday.
Ashford, who contacted The Telegraph, said he was fired for not being forthcoming about a college relationship and a child, now 18, he may have fathered.
Jason Ashford, left, and Houston County District Attorney Rabb Wilkerson are seen together at a news conference last month.
Ashford said when he was asked Thursday by Houston County District Attorney Rabb Wilkerson if he was a “deadbeat dad,” he simply told him he was not.