US Rep Bobby Jindal, who lost his bid for governor in 2003, told supporters that he would seek the job again in this year’s election in a bid to make history by becoming the first US governor with roots in India.
The 35-year-old Republican congressman, whose parents emigrated from India, will try to unseat Democratic governor Kathleen Blanco, who has said she is running for re-election.
Blanco defeated Jindal in 2003, but she has faced criticism since hurricanes Katrina and Rita about her leadership abilities and her recovery initiatives.
"Our state, our communities, and our families have been through some very tough times. There is clearly a hunger for a new approach to governing,” Jindal said in an e-mail to his supporters announcing his intentions. A recent poll showed Jindal leading Blanco in the race.
Jindal said he does not view this year’s race as a retread of the 2003 election because of the destruction wrought by the 2005 hurricanes, which he said has given Louisiana new opportunities to correct old problems in education and health care.