September 6th, 2010
10:59 AM ET
13 years ago

Jindal isn't endorsing Vitter - yet

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Jindal is not weighing in on his state's Senate race, he told WDSU."]
UPDATE: Melissa Sellers, a spokeswoman for Jindal, tells CNN the governor meant to convey he has not weighed in on the race yet, but may do so in the future.

(CNN) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has finally answered a questioned asked of him for months: Will he endorse embattled Republican Sen. David Vitter's reelection bid?

The answer is not for now.

"Voters can make up their own minds," the Louisiana governor and fellow Republican told local television station WDSU.

Jindal added he doesn't like to get involved in federal races, though the station reports he has backed federal-office seekers in the past.

Vitter easily defeated his primary challenger in late August and currently enjoys a double-digit lead over Democratic Rep. Charlie Melancon. His comfortable lead comes despite reports in 2007 he was involved with a Washington, DC escort and revelations earlier this year a high-ranking staffer was permitted to stay on the job after facing domestic abuse charges. The aide, Brent Furer, resigned his post in June.

A spokesman for Vitter was not immediately available for comment.

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Mesa Mick

    LA, like AZ, TX, MS, GA and SC, blindly vote (R) never thinking of the consequences. Then the people in these states wonder why they have to look up to see the bottom of the economic, educational and social acceptance barrel.

    America, If you want to do something really stupid in Nov. and join these regressive, backwards looking states be sure and vote re-thug-lie-cant. It's the moronic thing to do....

    September 6, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. anthony

    Jindal wants to endorse a generic Republican, who is leading a generic Democrat by 7 points in the CNN poll, but there is no generic Republican on the ballot, unless people think that a generic Republican is involved in prostitution.

    September 6, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. davo/kissimmee

    If this creep gets reeleted then Loisiana is filled with stupid people.

    September 6, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. Tim

    You know what, I actually have gained a little respect for Jindal for not following the party line. We need more independent people in Government who may not share all the views of the political party they are affiliated with. Good for Jindal

    September 6, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. Facts are not fair to the GOP

    If you think that the president who invaded Iraq based on a lie, costing over 4000 military lives, 40,000 wounded troops, and a trillion dollars added to the debt, should be given credit because of the surge, you definitely are a right wingnut.

    September 6, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    You stick your finger up in the air long enough, you're bound to figure out which way the wind is blowing ...

    September 6, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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