Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration vowed to look into using a law to save four Confederate monuments in New Orleans. The problem is that the law the governor is trying to invoke doesn’t exist in the state.
The hope that Gov. Bobby Jindal might invoke a state “Heritage Act” to keep the four controversial public monuments in New Orleans in place may be a lost cause. Though Jindal’s administration pledged Thursday to research the law and its possible applicability to the statue controversy, it turns out Louisiana doesn’t have such a law.
The ongoing debate over those monuments has sparked debate in the city — and around the state — with many suggesting there was a state law known as the “Heritage Act” that the governor could use to step in. When asked Thursday night whether the governor planned to intervene, spokesman Doug Cain replied that “Governor Jindal opposes the tearing down of these historical statues and he has instructed his staff to look into the Heritage Act to determine the legal authority he has as Governor to stop it.”
Nothing of that name shows up in a review of state laws, though a South Carolina law with that name, passed in 2000, kept the Confederate flag flying over that state’s Capitol grounds until recently. The South Carolina law requires a two-thirds vote of each house of the Legislature to change “any monument, marker, memorial, school, or street erected or named in honor of the Confederacy or the civil rights movement located on any municipal, county, or state property.”
Bobby Jindal has been so busy running for president that he doesn’t know the laws of the state that he is supposed to be governing. Jindal’s vow to save the statues is the latest example of how he has used Louisiana as a platform for his White House bid.
Rick Perry’s inability to pay his campaign staffers got the headlines this week, but when a sitting governor vows to invoke a law that doesn’t exist in his state that is a bigger problem. Jindal’s campaign is going nowhere fast. He failed to impress anyone during the Fox News’ festival of losers early debate, and there is no enthusiasm for his candidacy anywhere.
Gov. Jindal has spent years governing the state of Louisiana irresponsibly to advance his White House bid. Every move that Jindal has made in recent years has been made with an eye towards the White House. Louisiana is a mess because of Bobby Jindal, and now the governor’s administration is so out of touch with the state that they tried to invoke an imaginary law.
Bobby Jindal is the poster boy for failed Republican leadership in action.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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