The Louisiana governor's national stock fell sharply after the panned 2008 State of the Union response, and it never really recovered, but he's still mentioned occasionally as an attractive vice-presidential nominee. Hotline OnCall's Byron Tau reports that, based on his fundraising activity, it looks like Jindal doesn't have many national ambitions:
LA Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) says he has no interest in running for the WH in '12 -- and his recently diminished fundraising profile and lack of a federal PAC confirm that Jindal is probably not just playing coy. The governor has taken no recent steps towards establishing a national fundraising vehicle for a possible WH '12 bid...Jindal's "Believe In Louisiana" 527 group has almost entirely ceased operating since '08. The org. hasn't taken in a single contribution since Jan. '09. Expenditures over the past year and a half have come to a halt. In the last 6 months, the group has only been paying out small administrative expenses. So far this year, the org. has spent less than $3K -- a miniscule amount from a group that raised over $1M in '08 and spent over $600K on advertising in the governor's early days in office.
Read the full post at Hotline OnCall.
Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.