Club for Growth is not gunning for Governor Jindal
By Neil Stevens Posted in Bobby Jindal | Club for Growth | Louisiana | State Politics — Comments (70) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Whilst the leftosphere borders on Civil War over the failure of Democratic leaders, Senator Obama included, to defeat the President's wishes on FISA and war funding, we on the right have had our own debate over our own rising star's first real conflict.
Yes, of course, I mean Governor Jindal and the legislative pay hike. Some on the right are up in arms, angry that given the opportunity to draw the line, gather the people behind him, and face down the intransigent legislators, he's turned it down, deciding it wasn't the fight to take.
Personally it doesn't bother me but then again, I'm not all that opposed to professional legislators, being an opponent of term limits as well. If all that Jindal had to trade off to get sweeping ethical reform in Louisiana, was a clean pay raise for the lowest paid legislators in the country, then I thought that was reasonable. So I was shocked to hear that there's actually a recall effort starting against the Governor.
Club for Growth was less shocked, though, and therein lay a controversy here at Red State.
Hairs shot up on the necks of a great many Republicans. At least, among those who took Governor Mike Huckabee's side against the organization, Club for Growth's subdued, objective comments about the recall seemed an implied attack on Jindal. Jindal was The Next Target of the Club For Greed™.
However I saw no such thing. Certainly CfG wasn't jumping to Jindal's defense, but they are a single interest group. It's not their job to get awed at the way he wantonly tears down the corrupt, fascist Kingfish legacy. In fact, if Jindal were to raise the tax burden of his state way up, I'd appreciate it if CfG were to warn us before we go and nominate Governor Jindal in 2016.
But no, contrary to the fears of some, Club for Growth is not taking a position at all on the Jindal recall. I have it in writing from CfG Communications Director Nachama Soloveichik, who was nice enough to respond so quickly to my query about this issue.
Why the posts, though? Soloveichik says that CfG is attempting to follow the news on all the leading prospects for Senator McCain's running mate, and of course that includes Jindal. CfG is also looking at the economic records of each candidate, just as they did for the Presidential candidates.
I believe it. Governor Jindal does not have much of a record yet. It's not his fault, but he hasn't been in office for even a year yet. So naturally, Club for Growth has little to work with in evaluating him, and so when they count the pay hike as a strike against him, they don't have much else to balance against it. But just the same, they're not treating this one thing the same as, say, Governor Huckabee's long record which included multiple substantial tax and spending increases.
So we can all relax. Conservatives who like CfG and Jindal do not have to choose.