Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Twitter account is not part of “team follow back” — even for people who the governor personally knows. Even for people who have helped him raise campaign cash.
Bloomberg Politics created an interactive that evaluates the Twitter feeds of several potential Republican presidential candidates.
Among the amusing details gleaned: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s account follows Jindal, but Jindal doesn’t follow him back. Christie and Jindal have served in the Republican Governors Association together and been at many of the same events — Christie even helped raise money for Jindal’s re-election bid in 2011. (Still, their more recent disagreements have been well documented. )
In fact, Jindal only follows four other potential GOP 2016 hopefuls: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. That’s right, Jindal, who says that he believes governors make better presidents only follows governors/former governors among the sprawling Republican slate. Those four follow him back.
Jindal isn’t connected to any others Bloomberg examined. That means he’s not following/followed by U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio, Rand Paul or Ted Cruz. Ben Carson? Nope. Ditto for Sarah Palin or Donald Trump.
Other takeaways from the analysis:
- Jindal doesn’t follow anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist, whose advice he has sought out and who some Jindal critics have dubbed “the most influential person” in Louisiana due to the sway he has with the governor.
- He does follow tea party godfather Jim DeMint or his Heritage Foundation (Bloomberg grouped the two).
- Jindal also doesn’t follow the GOP’s most recent nominee, Mitt Romney.
- He does follow Arnold Schwarzenegger and Shaquille O’Neal.