Gov Bobby Jindal, who is considering a run for president, didn’t fund a presidential preference primary for Louisiana and Secretary of State Tom Schedler said Wednesday he won’t hold one.
“I want to have a presidential preference primary as long as you pay for it,” Schedler told the Louisiana House Appropriations Committee during the panel’s department-by-department tour of Jindal’s budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
“He hasn’t funded elections past December,” Schedler said about Jindal. A presidential preference primary would be held in the Spring 2016 and would cost about $3.5 million.
Jindal leaves office in January and says he is praying about running for president in 2016. Recent polls show Jindal is unpopular with a majority of the state’s voters.
Democratic State Rep Katrina Jackson, of Monroe, said the action would take Louisiana out of the national dialogue. “We become a nonfactor with this budget the way it is,” she said.