The Times-Picayune reports that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is heading to Texas for some “private events” that will raise a little money for his re-election bid:
As Gov. Bobby Jindal continues to draw attention as a rising star and possible national candidate for Republicans in 2012 or 2016, he insists that he has the job he wants right here in Louisiana. But that doesn’t mean he won’t leave the state to raise a little cash for his campaign account.
His next such trip starts today, with plans for a fundraiser tonight in San Antonio and Friday afternoon in Houston.
The fundraisers were described in his official schedule only as “private events” for Jindal’s re-election campaign. Melissa Sellers, Jindal’s communications director, declined to share more information about where the events would be, who is hosting and how much is being sought from potential donors.
Since he won’t say who he’ll be hobnobbing with, I feel it is worth pointing out that the last few times Republican presidential hopefuls ended up traveling to Texas to raise some cash and support, we ended up seeing Mike Hucakbee hanging out with a guy who believed that “all disease and disability is caused by the sin of Adam and Eve” and John McCain ended up winning the endorsement of John Hagee, whom he then had to publicly humiliate before the end-times enthusiast could do any more damage to his campaign.
But while Jindal doesn’t want to say who he’ll be schmoozing with in Texas, he is apparently less than reluctant to be seen with the likes of David Vitter:
Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter has lined up a hefty list of Louisiana’s current and former members of Congress to help him with a fundraiser next week.
Headlining the Washington, D.C., fundraiser is Gov. Bobby Jindal. Listed as co-chairs of the event — called “Mardi Gras in December” — are all the Republican members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation and six former GOP congressmen from Louisiana.
The list of support for Vitter’s 2010 re-election bid could help Vitter toss aside speculation that the senator may have trouble maintaining support from GOP leaders after his involvement in an escort service scandal.
So Jindal will gladly be seen with a “family values” congressman caught frequenting prostitutes but won’t say who he’ll be meeting with in Texas? Does that seem odd to anyone else?