November 19, 2004
La. romp helps Jindal gain clout: GOP freshmen tap him as their leader (Bill Walsh, November 17, 2004, New Orleans Times Picayune)
While other candidates were focused on winning a seat in Congress on Nov. 2, Louisiana's Bobby Jindal already was campaigning to become president of the House GOP's incoming freshman class.
The effort paid off Tuesday when the two dozen other newly minted Republican members, many of whom received financial contributions from Jindal during their races, voted unanimously to make him their leader. [...]
Jindal raised more than $2 million for his run and used part of it to help other Republicans, which in turn strengthened his position with his fellow candidates and his party.
Records show that through mid-October, his campaign committee made donations of $71,750, including $25,000 to the National Republican Campaign Committee, which assists GOP candidates across the country. Jindal said Tuesday that ultimately, he donated or helped raise "at least" $150,000 for his fellow Republicans.
Jindal said that before Nov. 2, he never explicitly told his future colleagues that he wanted to run for freshman class president. But those who won their own races that day got the message soon enough.
On Nov. 3, they each had a Federal Express letter waiting for them. It was from Jindal announcing his candidacy.
The House can't hold him.
'My victory sign of US' openness (IANS, 11/19/04)
Republican candidate Bobby Jindal, who made history on November 2 by becoming the first Indian American to be elected to the US Congress in nearly 50 years, has said he hopes to further solidify US-India relations.Posted by Orrin Judd at November 19, 2004 12:03 PM
In an exclusive interview on Thursday with Voice of America, Jindal said: "I absolutely think it makes sense for America and India to improve and strengthen their relationship."
Jindal also said that his success reflected the absolute strength of America and the opportunities it provides for immigrants.
On US-India relations, Jindal said: "We are talking about two large democracies with open markets. You are talking about India being a natural ally in the war against international terrorism, a great example in South Asia that serves as an example for peaceful regimes. So I think the opportunities for the two countries to work together are wonderful."
"I intend certainly, I encourage this administration or any president, to make a visit to India to continue to build our relationship. I think it is very important whether the administration is Democrat or Republican. I think the two countries share many common interests."
Describing America, Jindal said: "This is a country of opportunities where people are judged on their ability and their performance. I think that is very important. What makes the American system so successful is the fact that immigrants and their children born here can get ahead, can do very well, just do hard work."