If you have not been paying attention, Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) and Gov. Bobby Jindal are in a bit of a cat-fight.
Most recently, Jindal called McAllister an “embarrassment” for his ‘smoochin’ congressman’ ways. When news first broke of McAllister’s alleged affair with his district staffer, Jindal called for McAllister’s resignation.
“Look, he originally made the right decision when he decided not to run for reelection,” Jindal told CQ Roll Call during a visit to the Iowa State Fair on Saturday. “I said he should have stepped down at the time. I think he’s making a mistake, I think he should, I think he should’ve stuck to his original decision and not go back inside to try to run again. I think it’d be better for him, he said he wanted some time for privacy and to spend that time with his family, I think that’d be a good thing for him to do.”
“I think it’s been an embarrassment to him, the district, and the state,” Jindal added.
“I won’t be endorsing him, if that’s what you’re about to ask,” Jindal said.
And now there is McAllister’s passive-aggressive response to Jindal, in which he thanks the governor for not endorsing him during the 5th Congressional District race, which McAllister is currently leading.
“Tell the governor I said, ‘Thank you,’” McAllister, R-Swartz, said Monday.
“If the governor actually spent time in Louisiana listening to the concerns of his voters rather than those of the voters in Iowa he would better serve the people of Louisiana,” McAllister said.
“I wasn’t Gov. Jindal’s hand-picked political insider last time and I won’t be again this time,” McAllister said. “I think the people of the 5th District are tired of Washington and Baton Rouge politicians trying to dictate their leaders.”
The in-party political feud reminds us of this Youtube classic: