Louisiana elects Jindal, first Indian-American governor
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Republican Rep. Bobby Jindal was elected governor of Louisiana on Saturday to become the first Indian-American to lead a U.S. state.
With most of the precincts counted, Jindal, 36, had 54 percent of the vote to win without a runoff in Louisiana's electoral system, where candidates of all parties run in a single primary.
His nearest competitor, Democrat Walter Boasso, received just 18 percent of the vote.
The Oxford-educated Jindal will replace Gov. Kathleen Blanco, a Democrat who did not run again after she was widely criticized for bungled recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Blanco narrowly defeated Jindal in the 2003 election.
Jindal, whose first name is Piyush, is the son of immigrants from India and the first non-white Louisiana governor since Reconstruction in the 1870s.
"My mom and dad came to this country in pursuit of the American Dream, and guess what happened? They found the American Dream to be alive and well right here in Louisiana," he said in victory speech.
He is a conservative who ran on promises to stop political corruption, cut taxes and improve schools.
**partial comments from rediff.com:
" Jindal not only eliminated the $ 400 million deficit in Louisiana's health system by overhauling it, but also created a $ 170 million surplus. He also moved Louisiana from 37th to third best, nationally, in health screenings for children. Jindal...attributes his life philosophy to his conversion from Hinduism to Catholicism while studying at Brown University.source
Well, this should be interesting.
Considering the drama in Jena, I'm pretty sure they didn't vote for him!
His parents are still practicing Hinduism, but according to rediff.com, they respect his conversion to Catholicism.
My question is: Why isn't this man runnin for president?
Should that be his desire in the future-based on what i've read of him...
Bobby, Piyush, Governor-however he chooses to be addressed,
has my vote!