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February 6, 2016

Jindal Calls McAllister an ‘Embarrassment’

Jindal, right, met with Iowa politicians like Grassley. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal thinks Rep. Vance McAllister should step down, calling the Louisiana Republican’s continued tenure an “embarrassment” thanks to a scandal that left him with the nickname the “Kissing Congressman.”

“Look, he originally made the right decision when he decided not to run for reelection,” Jindal told CQ Roll Call during a visit to the Iowa State Fair on Saturday. “I said he should have stepped down at the time. I think he’s making a mistake, I think he should, I think he should’ve stuck to his original decision and not go back inside to try to run again. I think it’d be better for him, he said he wanted some time for privacy and to spend that time with his family, I think that’d be a good thing for him to do.”

“I think it’s been an embarrassment to him, the district, and the state,” Jindal added.

The governor was campaigning with several congressional candidates during his trip to the important early presidential voting state. He spoke to CQ Roll Call as his team rushed him off to an event with Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King. At the fair, he briefly spent time with David Young, the Republican candidate for the open seat in Iowa’s 3rd District. On Friday night he held an event for Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, the Republican candidate in the 2nd District.

Jindal said that is his project for the next few months: helping Republican candidates win in House, Senate and gubernatorial races.

But that goal does not extend to McAllister.

“I won’t be endorsing him, if that’s what you’re about to ask,” Jindal said.

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  • JohnYuma

    Who appointed Jindal to be this man’s judge?

  • terjeanderson

    So when is Jindal going to call on Vitter to step down?

    Kissing is so bad that it requires resignation, but he’s fine with a whoremonger for a US Senator? (And probably as Jindal’s successor as Governor…)

    The cognitive dissonance must be strong in this one.

  • stevenharnack

    “that’s his goal for the next few months” Do these guys ever spend any time and effort at the jobs that they are getting paid to do?

  • stevenharnack

    The people of Louisiana?

  • NickP

    Iowa voters are opposed to open mouth kissing. What do you guys think?

  • Guest

    So if Jindal thinks McAllister should resign for a kissing incident, why has he never called on David Vitter to step down for his much more serious transgressions?

    Talk about cognitive dissonance.

  • ron

    If Jindal thinks McAllister is an embarrassment wait till he gets a load of David Vitter.

  • Nobama

    I have to agree with you, pretty stupid move.

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