Inspector General Tells Jindal Use Private E-mail To Attack Candidates
On Friday we reported that a well know political pundit in the state was going to file complaint with the State Inspector Generals office concerning an action taken by Governor Bobby Jindal. Well we now have a response from the I.G's office. In response to accusations that Governor Bobby Jindal violated the Louisiana Constitution, Inspector General Stephen Street has offered the Governor this advice.
to avoid confusion and any appearance of impropriety
use a private e-mail account if you're going to comment about another candidate.
The reason for all the controversy happened when Governor Jindal released a statement that was very defamatory concerning Presidential candidate Rand Paul.
This might not seem like a big deal, but it actually is a violation of the Louisiana Constitution for a sitting member of the elected government to use official state e-mail or other state funded means to conduct political business. Specifically the business of supporting or defaming another candidate.
Is this the last we will hear on this issue? The Inspector General did not comment in his statement as to whether or not his investigation into the complaints surrounding Jindal were complete. I guess we will just have to wait and see if Jindal uses his official e-mail to offer political observations or not.
Governor Jindal has formed an exploratory committee to investigate his own possible run for the White House.