This past Monday Bobby Jindal took a whirlwind trip around the State to officially announce his candidacy for Governor of Louisiana. Starting in Baton Rouge early Monday morning, Bobby then went on to Alexandria, then Monroe, Shreveport, Lake Charles and finishing up in NOLA.
I attended the Monroe rally to enjoy a large, very enthusiastic crowd of supporters. Daniel Kirk, the local campaign director, had a well organized group of volunteers greeting supporters and handing out rally signs. Having met with Bobby on a number of occasions earlier this year, I was more interested to see who and how many people would be at the event. Of course, this was my first opportunity to meet Bobby’s very lovely wife, Supriya, who is a most gracious lady.
Along with a large crowd of supporters was Ben Katz, Monroe City Council, Police Jury member Paul Hargrove, candidate for State Representative, State Representative Kay Katz, and State Representative Mike Walsworth, candidate for State Senator. Of no surprise was the lack of either of the two Democrat mayors of the “twin cities”.
Bobby and his entourage exited the sleek business jet to the loud and excited chants of “BOBBY, BOBBY, BOBBY” and Bobby had no trouble maintaining that high level of excitement with his words of change, only to be interrupted by loud cheers and applause. The crowd needed no persuasion to be convinced that Louisiana was in desperate need of true leadership and to be rescued from the “Good Old Boys” that have maintained the worst political record in the Country. The cheers of support made it very clear that Bobby is the choice to lead that rescue as the new Governor of Louisiana.
Following the stirring speech, Bobby and Supriya mingled amongst the crowd, posed for countless pictures, and received many hugs and hand shakes, along with consistent wishes of success.
On a finely tuned schedule, Melissa Sellers, Communications Director, and Kellie Derouen, State Campaign Director, herded the group back onto the plane, followed by cheers and applause, and they were off to Shreveport.