Gov. Jindal’s hypocrisy train rolls on

March 2, 2009

The fallout over Gov. Bobby Jindal’s widely panned speech from last Tuesday night continues. In case you missed it, the latest glaring example of Jindal’s do-as-I-say, not-as-I-do governing is his intention to use federal stimulus money for a Louisiana railway project. Highlights,  from the Times-Picayune:

Louisiana’s transportation department plans to request federal dollars for a New Orleans to Baton Rouge passenger rail service from the same pot of railroad money in the president’s economic stimulus package that Gov. Bobby Jindal criticized as unnecessary pork on national television Tuesday night.

The high-speed rail line, a topic of discussion for years, would require $110 million to upgrade existing freight lines and terminals to handle a passenger train operation, said Mark Lambert, spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. …

Jindal oversees the state transportation department and appointed its secretary. …

Asked for comment Friday about the Jindal stance on the federal rail money, the governor’s Chief of Staff Timmy Teepell said he does not think the Las Vegas to Anaheim line is a good use of taxpayer money. He did not address the Louisiana proposal.

And while Jindal was on vacation after his speech in Florida, he still managed time to squeeze in yet another out-of-state fundraiser. As The Advocate noted, he found time to speak to a room of out-of-state donors, but refused to answer interview queries from Louisiana media.

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