Louisiana Dems: Jindal has lost all credibility!
He didn't keep his word. >>pout<<
By Mark Kilmer Posted in Archived | Democrats | jindal | Louisina | pay grab | Veto — Comments (8) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Lawmakers in Louisiana wanted to lift their base salaries from $16,800 to $37,500, pegged to the salaries of the U.S. Congress. Governor Bobby Jindal had indicated that for the sake of comity and getting things done, he would not interfere with the legislature's money grab, least of all with a gubernatorial veto.
On Sunday, when CNN's Candy Crowley guest-hosted Late Edition, she asked Governor Jindal about this, indicating that his refusal to veto was not very conservative. The governor answered that he hoped that there were ways to talk to Louisiana legislature out of their pay hike, but if it came to it, the veto was not off the table. It was only 24-hours later that Governor Jindal vetoed the grab. And the affronted Louisiana legislators feel they've been affronted. It is, to them, a question of trust.
Senate President Joel Chaisson II, D-Destrehan, and House Speaker Pro Tem Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, said Jindal's sudden about-face on the pay raise will make it hard for some lawmakers to believe him in the future.
"He needs to rebuild trust and do a better job of articulating his position," said Chaisson, who promised he will continue to work with the governor on key issues for the state. "Just be honest with us."
So much whining.
Speaker Peterson explained that they never would have passed the pay raise if the governor had told them that he did not support the pay grab. This means that they had believed that Jindal was, with a few nods and wink, in on the heist. It turns out that he was not, which they would have know if they had paid any attention at all to his campaign.
The pay raise bill was "one of the lessons learned" by a rookie governor and a largely rookie Legislature, said Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana, a nonpartisan government watchdog group. He said if Jindal had spelled out what raise amount he could live with, the debacle may not have flared up.
But these folks had to know that the threat of a Jindal veto existed, even if not explicitly stated. They had to have known that it would be in Jindal's nature to veto it, and with pressure from Louisiana voters, he would go through with his better instincts.
Watching them complain, though, is comical. They have indeed been affronted.