Bid Idled to Draft Gov. Jindal for White House Run

June 17, 2009 - 5:36 PM
A leader of a group seeking to encourage Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to make a run for the White House has urged the organization to cool those efforts for now.
Baton Rouge, La. (AP) - A leader of a group seeking to encourage Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to make a run for the White House has urged the organization to cool those efforts for now.
 
Jindal delivered the nationally televised Republican response to a key speech in February by President Barack Obama. The first-term governor also traveled to Iowa and other states, fueling speculation that he was exploring a run for president.
 
But a Jindal spokeswoman said Tuesday the draft effort would distract from Jindal's work as governor.
 
And the man listed as treasurer of the Jindal for President Draft Council announced late Tuesday that he is stepping down from the group. Dan Kyle also issued a letter asking his group to halt its activities until after the 2011 governor's race.