Timmy Teepell said he is uncertain whether he will return as chief of staff if Gov. Bobby Jindal would be elected to a second term in the fall elections.

Teepell resigned from the Governor’s Office in July to work on Jindal’s re-election campaign.

He said he plans to talk about his future with Jindal after the Oct. 22 primary.

Teepell said other opportunities are available to him.

Regardless of his role in the governor’s administration, Teepell said, he and Jindal would remain good friends.

“I’m sure that Bobby and I will be working together for the rest of our years,” he said.

Fannin vying to be speaker of House

Count state Rep. Jim Fannin, D-Jonesboro, among those vying to become the next speaker of the House.

At least six legislators want to succeed House Speaker Jim Tucker, R-Terrytown. Tucker, who is prevented by term limits from running for the House again, said he plans to run for secretary of state.

The speaker of the House is a leadership role that entails running the chamber when the Legislature is in session.

“I am who I am. I have a nine-year record,” Fannin said. “I’ve been as fiscally responsible as anyone in that body.”

Also seeking the job are state Reps. Jeff Arnold, D-New Orleans; Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles; Joel Robideaux, No Party-Lafayette; Erich Ponti, R-Baton Rouge; and Hunter Greene, R-Baton Rouge.

The House makes the ultimate decision in picking its leaders, although the governor typically plays a key role.

Claitor, Walsworth eye leadership post

Two more state senators said last week they are interested in becoming the next president of the Louisiana Senate.

State Sens. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, and Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe, added their names to the mix.

State Sens. John Alario, R-Westwego, and Danny Martiny, R-Metairie, previously have expressed interest.

“I feel I have as good a chance of winning as anyone else,” Claitor said. “My chances look pretty good geographically … perhaps as a compromise I appeal to some of the groups out there.”

“I am looking at it,” Walsworth said.

Term limits prevent Senate President Joel Chaisson II, D-Destrehan, from seeking another term.

The job of Senate president is a coveted leadership role that comes with added pay and a big apartment in the Pentagon Barracks. The president manages the Senate, makes committee assignments and presides over the chamber during the legislative session.

Although elected by the state Senate, the selection of the president usually is also influenced by the governor.

“I’ve had conversations with him, but no commitments,” Walsworth said of Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Claitor said he has talked with the governor’s staff. “I did not get the impression they oppose me,” he said.

Blanco: Candidate needs more money

Former Gov. Kathleen Blanco said Haynesville schoolteacher Tara Hollis needs money to become a viable candidate in the governor’s race.

Hollis, a Democrat, had less than $1,000 on hand in her campaign fund earlier this summer.

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, by comparison, had more than $9.5 million.

Jindal is running for re-election and Hollis plans to challenge him in the Oct. 22 primary.

Blanco said today’s campaigns are media driven, largely through television commercials. She said it takes a lot of money to reach viewers.

Jindal signs ‘Jacob’s Law’

Gov. Bobby Jindal last week held a ceremonial bill signing at the Governor’s Mansion for a measure named after an offshore worker who was killed in 2008.

The legislation, Senate Bill 160, is aimed at improving aviation safety in the offshore oil and gas industry.

The change has been called “Jacob’s Law” after Jacob Matt, 26, an offshore worker from Jennings who died in a 2008 helicopter crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas-Louisiana border.

Matt’s mother, father and other relatives attended the ceremony.

Assessors’ group hedges bets

The Louisiana Assessors’ Association is hedging its bets when it comes to endorsement of candidates running for statewide office.

Association president Iberia Assessor Rickey J. Huval announced last week that the group has endorsed both incumbent Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and challenger Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser for the No. 2 job in state government.

Huval said the group also voted to endorse Secretary of State Tom Schedler and challenger House Speaker Jim Tucker in the secretary of state’s race.

Dardenne, Nungesser, Schedler and Tucker are all Republicans running in the Oct. 22 primary election.

The assessors also put their backing behind Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, a Republican.

The group earlier endorsed Gov. Bobby Jindal for re-election.

Hutter announces bid for Senate seat

State Rep. Nita Hutter, R-Chalmette, has joined the ranks of other term-limited House members seeking a Senate seat in this fall’s elections.

Hutter has announced she will challenge state Sen. A.G. Crowe, R-Slidell, for the Senate District 1 seat.

District 1 includes all of Plaquemines Parish and large portions of St. Tammany and St. Bernard parishes as well as a part of Orleans.

Hutter makes the sixth House member launching campaigns for the Senate. Others are state Reps. Damon Baldone, D-Houma; Rick Gallot, D-Ruston; Michael Jackson, D-Baton Rouge; Jane Smith, R-Bossier City; and Gary Smith, D-Norco.

Lawyer now chairs LSU board

Lake Charles lawyer Ben Mount is the new chairman of the LSU Board of Supervisors.

Mount took the oath of office in Friday ceremonies with his wife, state Sen. Willie Mount, D-Lake Charles, at his side.

Stepping into the chairman-elect’s post is Hank Danos, an energy service company executive from Larose.

Hollis pledges more transparency

Haynesville schoolteacher Tara Hollis is vowing to bring more transparency to the Governor’s Office if she is elected to succeed Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Hollis, a Democrat with little financial backing, hopes to defeat the Republican Jindal’s re-election bid Oct. 22.

She said she plans to roll out platforms on eight issues. Her first platform involves ethics.

Hollis said the governor’s schedule needs to be public and that records should not be kept from the public because they are considered part of the “deliberative process.”

Edwards hits wall of own garage

Former Gov. Edwin Edwards might want to brush up on his driving skills after spending a decade in prison.

Edwards’ new wife, Trina, said the former governor hit their garage and asked if he was stuck on something.

Trina Edwards related the ensuing conversation on her Facebook page.

“Me: ‘If you mean did you run my car into the garage again ... then yes, you are stuck on something!’

“Him: ‘Oops!’ ”

Trina Edwards said she could not scold her husband because she has run into the garage of their Gonzales home as well.

Fundraising effort offers Jindal’s book

The Louisiana Republican Party is using Gov. Bobby Jindal’s book, “Leadership and Crisis,” in fundraising for its fall GOP election effort.

Anyone who contributes $100 or more online to the party will get an autographed copy of the book, according to the party’s website.

The contribution will go directly to party efforts “to maintain a Republican majority in statewide offices and take decisive control of the LA Senate and House in 2011,” the message states.

Speaker to discuss arts, technology

Concert cellist and technology entrepreneur Margo Drakos is scheduled to address Monday’s noon meeting of the Press Club of Baton Rouge.

Drakos, co-founder and chief operating officer of InstantEncore, will discuss the impact of technology on the arts, culture, performance and community as well as how musicians and arts organizations operate in the 21st century.

The Press Club meets at De La Ronde Hall, 320 Third St., in downtown Baton Rouge. Lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m., is $12 for members and $15 for non-members.

The public is invited, but only members of the Press Club and members of the news media are allowed to ask questions.

Compiled by the Capitol news bureau. Contact email address is mballard@theadvocate.com.