April 20, 2007

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Jindal wins endorsement from La. sheriff's association (KATC3, 4/20/07)

The Louisiana Sheriff's Association has voted to endorse Republican U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal for governor, a rare move for a politically influential group made up mainly of Democrats. [...]

Hal Turner, the group's executive director, announced the endorsement Friday in a press release, saying Jindal "has demonstrated an unerring and determined dedication to the higher good of law enforcement, anti-terrorism, the criminal justice system and the people of Louisiana."

Sheriffs are a potentially powerful political force, partly because they employ so many people. Modern telephone, television and Internet advertising campaigns have diluted that clout, but they retain sway over many voters, political observers said.

"Sheriffs are still really important, especially in rural parishes," said Pearson Cross, a political science professor at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. "They're generally considered to be the most important elected official in any parish. And in a rural parish, you can multiply that by two."

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 20, 2007 10:27 PM
Comments

If that rural parish thing is true, this might help overcome some of the anti-fer'ner bigotry that cost Jindal the last election.

He's got a big lead, but people often make the PC choice to pollster and vote their gut in the booth. It's not often that the Republican gets the short end of that, though, since it's usually a minority Democrat that overpolls.

Posted by: Mark Byron at April 21, 2007 5:27 PM
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