Rather than being miffed that Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal is mimicking his efforts to court conservative candidates, U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., wrote supporters Tuesday that he is donating $10,000 to the governor’s new cause.
“I’m hopeful it signals a bolder, more engaged Bobby already,” Vitter wrote supporters in an email.
Vitter added he will ensure his 6-year-old Louisiana Committee for a Republican Majority coordinates with the Louisiana GOP fundraising efforts that Jindal is backing to create a more conservative Louisiana Legislature.
The senator also shared a handwritten note that he sent the governor and a copy of the $10,000 check drawn from his campaign fund.
“Congrats on your decision to help the Republican Party elect more strong conservatives to the Legislature,” Vitter scrawled on stationery decorated with a drawing of the U.S. Capitol. “Enclosed is a $10,000 check for that effort from my campaign fund. Fight, lead, be bold!”
Jindal announced last week that he hopes to help raise $2 million for a “victory fund” to help conservative candidates. Legislative seats are up for election Oct. 22.
At the time, it was unclear how the victory fund drive would dovetail with the Louisiana Committee for a Republican Majority that Vitter helped launch in 2005 to elect conservative leaders. Vitter is a former state legislator.
Vitter said his organization has raised and spent more than $3 million — $1 million more than Jindal’s $2 million fundraising goal.
The senator said Jindal’s victory fund push will build upon the Louisiana Committee for a Republican Majority’s long-standing plans.
Vitter asked supporters to involve themselves in his organization, the victory fund or individual campaigns.
“Our Louisiana elections this fall really are crucially important,” he wrote.
Republicans hold the majority of the seats in both chambers of the Louisiana Legislature. However, Jindal struggled this past session to convince enough lawmakers to embrace key parts of his legislative package. Legislators, for instance, rejected the governor’s bid for prison sales, additional college tuition increases and a New Orleans college merger.
Vitter asked supporters last month to donate to his Louisiana Committee for a Republican Majority to help Jindal become as bold as possible.
At the same time, Vitter backed Jindal’s re-election efforts even though the governor stayed silent on Vitter’s re-election bid last year.