Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was somewhere other than Louisiana on at least 19 of the 30 days in September.
That figure, gleaned from information his office provides when he leaves town and public reports of his appearances in other states, included two trips to New Hampshire and three to Washington, D.C., plus stops in Iowa, Florida, Texas, Nevada, Georgia and Michigan.
The Advocate has long documented the governor’s frequent travels, including a weeklong trip to Asia earlier this year that cost taxpayers about $57,000. The Advocate’s Politics blog also provides up-to-date information on the governor’s trips and appearances.
His explanations for recent trips certainly have been political in nature.
He has cited meetings for his nonprofit America Next, an outfit he has used to release national policy proposals on health care and energy.
He campaigned for Republican candidates in states that would be important to a presidential hopeful, like New Hampshire, Iowa and Florida.
He feted the proposed Museum of the Bible, a pet project of the wealthy, conservative and influential Hobby Lobby-owning Green family in Oklahoma.
He gave a speech to conservative “Values Voters” at their D.C. gathering, drawing praise from D.C. media for his sometimes-biographical, sometimes-policy oriented and frequently humorous speech that was peppered with plenty of criticism of President Barack Obama.
A “New Hampshire for Bobby Jindal 2016” Twitter account has even recently started tweeting support for Jindal’s presidential run there, though it’s not clear who is behind the account.
Next month he’ll head to South Carolina — another early primary state — to give a speech at The Citadel. As The National Journal noted in its report on the event, the military college has frequently played host to presidential aspirants’ foreign policy addresses.
But while his national profile appears to be growing with his frequent jaunts out of state, Jindal’s still not convincing Louisiana voters that he is presidential material — at least based on one recent poll.
The Louisiana survey from North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling found 68 percent of respondents said Jindal definitely should not run for president. Just 20 percent were confident he should.
Jindal would be in a dead heat in a hypothetical race with Democrat Hillary Clinton.
As for his overall approval rating, about 34 percent said they approved of Jindal’s job performance.