(CNN) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is staying in his home state for now as Tropical Storm Isaac heads towards New Orleans.
The two-term governor was to arrive in Tampa on Tuesday to address the delegates of Republican National Convention that evening. Instead of preparing for his high-profile speech, he declared a state of emergency Sunday and asked for voluntary evacuations in 15 low-lying parishes on or near the Gulf Coast.
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"My priority is the safety of our people. And certainly as this storm threatens the public safety here in Louisiana, I'm not going anywhere," Jindal said at a news conference. "As long as we're in harms way, I need to be right here doing my job and that's what I'm going to be doing."
Under the RNC's new revised schedule, Jindal is expected to speak Wednesday night should he attend the convention.
Jindal isn't the only member of the Louisiana delegation not attending the convention. Jefferson Parish President John Young canceled his plans due to the potential impact Isaac could have on his constituents. State Rep, Lenar Whitney and New Orleans public service commission member Eric Skrmetta are currently driving back to Louisiana as well.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced Saturday night that all programs for Monday, the first day of the convention, were canceled.
Back in 2008, Jindal had to cancel his attendance and speech at the GOP convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to nominate John McCain due to Hurricane Gustav.
Not willing to take any risks in an area that has been severely affected by these storms in the past, Jindal sought to prepare residents in southern Louisiana for the heavy winds and 12 to 16 inches of rainfall expected to start hitting the coast as early as Sunday night.
"There's really nothing that's going to stop this storm from forming and strengthening," Jindal said. "I think it's much better to be prepared for the worst, even as we hope for the best."
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Jindal staying in Louisiana for now....
How about staying there forever?!?!?
Who needs you , you and Rubio already got rejected by romney the backstaber tax cheat in chief of the cancer on America Gop bafoons party romney and adkins Ryan .
jindal needs to stay home! he sux as a governor and a sellout to Indians!
He is just making sure he gets his paperwork in first to get Government assistance. They may run out of money before he gets his!
Jindal couldn't get the Lt. Gov to fill in for him? Alexithymic Mitt won't be giving Jindal a cabinet post, FOR SURE!
Hey Jindal,get a shop vac with a long hose,you're not running away this time,get ready to work and guess what,republicans voted for it too!!
What exactly is a governor supposed to do anyway? He doesn't have EMT skills, does he know about disaster management? He needs to release the funding to the people who can make a difference and get out of the way. This guy thinks the state will collapse without him micromanaging it.
They may need help after the hurricane and for decent health care for the poor folk of LA. But he's naive enough to refuse help for the health care needs of his needy Louisians.
After the nightmare of his last speech, I think someone high up in the GOP said, "Best sit this one out Bobby."
I wholeheartedly support his decision! Too bad Obama doesn't take a lesson from him, and spend more time doing what he was elected to do instead of trying to get reelected.
What the heck and what planet is this guy Jindal's from. Jindal is a scary looking dude. I believe if you put the entire Republican leadership under a special light, they all will look like they are from another planet. "They Live" As a matter of fact, now that I think about it, Another planet is where most of the rich one percent are from. We have been invaded America, vote for your lives, send the republican party back to their planet, Birzarro World.
Next stop for Isaac is?
It's hard to advance your political career if you ignore the people in your state. Nobody will ask you to be your VP.