Yes, Bobby Jindal Can Find Small Louisiana Towns on a Map

Senator Mary Landrieu embellishes about how she goes where other politicians won't.

US Republican Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 15, 2013.


In today's story about Louisiana's final elections of 2014, I quote Senator Mary Landrieu on what she did for the town of Ferriday. “For a decade, they had brown water comin’ out of their taps,” said Landrieu at a rally. “I don’t think Governor Jindal showed up once. Did he ever show up? Not one time, not one time, did our governor go to this town that has 5000 people, that had brown water comin’ out of the tap."

This came as a surprise to the office of Jindal. Sure, he's beginning his final gubernatorial year at a low ebb of popularity. But he can find Ferriday on a map. In 2011, Jindal scrambled the Louisiana National Guard to deliver water to Ferriday during a shortage. It was not his only trip to Ferriday.

Jindal's administration wasn't interested in pressing this point. The governor was not stumping for Bill Cassidy, the Republican candidate and likely victor, in the final days. Cassidy himself would finish his week with two campaign stops, after canceling mid-week appearances on Democratic turf. The Landrieu era seemed to be ending, and the people who bristled at living through it are starting to celebrate.

This isn't the first time, Landrieu has bent the facts to make them work for her. She, infamously, failed to prevent 41 of her fellow Democrats from filibustering her Keystone XL bill. What's less infamous: According to Hill staffers, Landrieu's strategies for convincing gettable Democrats, especially the ones in safe seats with elections far off, included telling them that some senators in the same position were already on board. The confused senator or a staffer would put in a call to confirm this—did the colleague switch and support Keystone? When he or she confirmed that the math had not changed, he or she was, obviously, not any closer to backing Keystone.