Back in December, Scott wrote about how the Bobby Jindal political team had a horrendous 2016. How bad was the year? This bad:
That team had a devastatingly bad cycle. All or some of them worked not only Angelle’s race but for Trey Baucum in LA-4, who didn’t make the runoff, Charles Boustany in the Senate race, who didn’t make the runoff and Bodi White, who narrowly missed victory in the Baton Rouge mayor’s race. They were involved in every major contested race in Louisiana this year and lost in each one.
We heard that the Jindal team was going to make one final push in the state Treasurer’s race for relevance. The early chatter was that they were going to get behind former state House Speaker Chuck Kleckley if he ran for the job.
So far, State Rep. John Schroder is the only one who has formally announced his candidacy. His media strategist Lionel Rainey sent out a press release announcing the campaign team. The team will be led by Jay Vicknair, who was last seen running Jay Dardenne’s failed gubernatorial campaign in 2015 but before then masterminded Dardenne’s win in 2010 for Lt. Governor.
But the one who will be running the campaign’s fundraising stood out to us:
Fundraising: Alexandra “Allee” Bautsch will lead Schroder’s fundraising efforts. Bautsch launched her team, the Louisiana-based Bautsch Group, in 2007. The firm specializes in implementing fundraising strategies for state-wide and national campaigns. With candidates in every major Louisiana race last year, her team out raised all of their opponents in the 2016 cycle. The Bautsch Group has raised in excess of 50 million dollars over the past decade in non-profit and political fundraising
Allee Bautsch is the Jindal team’s fundraiser. She’s very good at what she does. But she usually works with Jindal political guru Timmy Teepell.
The reason why Bautsch and Teepell aren’t working together is because Teepell has departed Louisiana for Virginia. Other members of the Jindal team have left the state. After their performance last year, it will be very difficult for them to get work as a team.
This is the end of a Louisiana political era. The Jindal political machine is no more.