Louisiana Gov. Jindal returns as speaker for statewide GOP Lincoln Days in St. Louis
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican already snagging headlines with his “quit being the stupid party” comment, will be the Saturday night headliner for the Missouri Republican Party’s annual statewide Lincoln Days gathering.
The event will be held this year from Feb. 15-17 in downtown St. Louis at the Renaissance Grand Hotel. U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., is to address the GOP crowd at the weekend’s Friday opening-night banquet.
Jindal’s presence is significant since he also addressed the Missouri GOP crowd at last year’s Lincoln Day gathering in Kansas City. (The statewide event rotates among Missouri’s three biggest cities; the 2014 gathering will be in Springfield, Mo.)
Earlier, Jindal had been in Missouri during the 2010 U.S. Senate contest to stump for now-Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
Now, Jindal – who signed the biggest income tax cut in his state’s history and cut Louisiana’s budget by 26 percent -- is on many GOP “short lists’’ as a possible presidential contender in 2016.
“Gov. Bobby Jindal has an impressive record of conservative accomplishment in Louisiana, and we are excited that he will once again address Missouri’s committed activists and volunteers,” said Ed Martin, chairman of the Missouri Republican Party. “Gov. Jindal brings a unique perspective on how we move forward as a party. At a time when Republicans are searching for answers, it is important that we hear and consider every idea.”