Jindal to stay at home during convention
August 27th, 2012
01:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Jindal to stay at home during convention

(CNN) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Monday he will not attend this week's Republican National Convention, one day after declaring a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Isaac.

The storm is expected to turn into a hurricane and hit the Gulf Coast within the next two days.

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"I will not be speaking or attending the Republican Convention in Florida. Certainly party conventions are interesting but there is no time for politics here in Louisiana along our coast," Jindal said at a press conference.

The two-term governor was set to speak in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, according to the event's schedule. This marks the second convention in a row Jindal will have to skip. In 2008, the Louisiana governor stayed home while Hurricane Gustav slammed into New Orleans.

"This storm is like every other storm. It is nonpartisan. This is a time when we all need to come together, fight the storm and work hard to protect our families and our property," Jindal said. "After we've had time to get back on our feet there will be plenty of time to talk about politics and political speeches."

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.

– CNN's Adam Levy contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Bobby Jindal • Louisiana
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. cali girl

    Gees, had to stay home in 2008 for Hurricane, now 4 years later and still another Hurricane to make him stay home. My warmest wishes and prayers that the storm goes lightly on New Orleans. However, Jindal if this isn't a message to you, I don't know what is.

    August 27, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. Laverne

    Who cares, after he found out he wasn't going to be the vice presidential pick he lost all enthusiasm anyway. He is such a DORK!

    August 27, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. WILLARD MILTON ROMNEY IS A COWARD & TAX EVADER

    They won't miss you in Tampa Bobby. Stay at home and don't have a Blanco/Nagan.

    August 27, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    He didn't have to be in Tampa to speak in Tampa. He could have easily spoken by satellite link.

    August 27, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. Chumlee

    Jindal found the EXCUSE he was looking for – what a loser

    August 27, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. Joan

    Karma is a pretty strange force. Remember in 2008 when the Focus in the Family group sent around e-mails asking Republicans to pray for a bad rain storm to ruin Pres. Obama's acceptance speech at a large outdoor park? Well, the President had a gorgeous evening to accept the nomination. However, a hurricane did prevent a lot of Republicans from attending the Republican convention and the first day was also delayed. It seems to be happening all over again. Kind of strange don't you think?

    August 27, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. Dean

    Good for President (to-be) Jindal.

    August 27, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. Larry L

    A the "red states" await this hurricane the Republicans will gather in a facility built with taxpayer dollars. When the hurricane hits those Republican governors will howl for federal support. Meanwhile the Republicans in Tampa will be wearing "You didn't build it" t-shirts as they watch the weather report from the NATIONAL Hurricane Center. Too funny...

    August 27, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. Lizzie

    He stays home in Lousiana not like the New Orleans Mayor who went to Baton Rouge when Kathrina struck New Orleans.

    August 27, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. Woman In California

    "This storm is like every other storm. It is nonpartisan. This is a time when we all need to come together,

    Why is it republicans only like to "come together", when its in THEIR best interest (9/11, Iraq war)? Not once have they given this president any support, credit or respect and now, that it's their party it's important. Well, it's not mine and I could care less who speaks, who attends or what happens to ANY of them. Try that for "nonpartisan" it works BOTH ways.

    August 27, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. lolo

    So what Howdy Doodyis not showing up. There will be enough lying going on without.

    August 27, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. Buckeye

    I was looking forward to some comic relief by Kenneth the page there at the RNC.

    August 27, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. sammieb51

    He'll be so missed!

    August 27, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    @ Joan

    I couldn't agree with you more. What goes around-comes around and it doesn't matter whose party it is so I won't be hypocritical and say I care about their circumstance whatsoever.

    August 27, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. Former Republican, now an Independent

    It's unfortunate that Jindal won't be there, as he is another radical extremist that would make their dangerous agenda clearer to the American people.

    August 27, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    He couldn't handle a role there among the brood of vipers.

    August 27, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. blackman

    hey bobby we do'not need you to stay home go to tamper @ do what you been doing that is running behind president obam @keep on lie on him .we know what you want but mitt do;not want you.do;not get mad you really think the rep.partywas goingto let you be vp really. louisiana do;not want you @we will show you when we vote obam 2013

    August 27, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. once upon a horse

    hopefully this storm will not take lives and do billons of dollars of damage to Louisana or anywhere else, but if it does look Jindal and the rest of his kind to go asking the BIG federal government and President Obama for help, which of course he will indeed get. Kind of ironic isn't it?

    August 27, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    No need for Jindal to stay home now, he hasn't done a darn thing for Louisiana since he's been governor, Louisiana still looks like Katrina just hit it, in fact it looks like the slums of India.

    August 27, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |