Democrats Call On Jindal To Cancel Fundraiser; Outlines Of A Deal?

The Louisiana Democrat Party put out a release this morning asking for Gov. Bobby Jindal to kibosh a planned fundraiser in Hammond at the offices of Worley Catastrophe Response, a company with a contract to handle BP spill claims…

Today, Louisiana Democrats called on Gov. Bobby Jindal to cancel a campaign fundraising event to be hosted by the head of company working as a subcontractor for BP. The event is scheduled for tonight at Worley Catastrophe Response’s corporate headquarters in Hammond.

“It is a clear conflict for Gov. Jindal to take campaign cash from somebody who works for BP at the same time he’s supposed to be holding BP accountable,” said Louisiana Democrats Chair Claude “Buddy” Leach, Jr. “Gov. Jindal should cancel tonight’s fundraiser immediately.”

Worley Catastrophe Response is currently working on behalf of BP and so-called Pay Czar Ken Feinberg to process claims related to last year’s explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Tonight’s $1,000 a plate cocktail reception is being hosted by Mike Worley, the company’s CEO.

Jindal has repeatedly criticized BP’s handling of the claims process and last month filed a motion on behalf of the State of Louisiana asking a federal judge to monitor communications between BP, Feinberg, Worley and oil spill claimants.

“Just last month Jindal intervened in a lawsuit involving Worley Catastrophe Response and tonight he’s heading to their corporate office to fill his campaign coffers a little more,” Leach added. “That’s not the gold-plated ethics reform Bobby Jindal promised Louisiana families four years ago.”

Of course, the claims being made against BP by the state of Louisiana are being handled by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell at this point, not Jindal.

The Democrats aren’t in a particularly good position to dictate the governor’s fundraising efforts. They’re not in a much better position to beat him in this fall’s election, either, but that’s for another post.

Nevertheless, perhaps Jindal could offer Leach a deal – he’ll cancel the fundraiser if they’ll publicly condemn Caroline Fayard’s allegation that Republicans eat their young. The two don’t have much to do with each other, but if the Democrats are serious about making Louisiana politics more above-board then certainly they’d take that deal.




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