Records: Inside look at Bobby Jindal’s unsuccessful presidential campaign, its $1.4M price tag _lowres

Bobby Jindal

Citing an unnamed insider, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that former Gov. Bobby Jindal is being eyed by President-elect Donald Trump for a potential appointment as Health and Human Services Secretary.

If so, it could be one of the quickest turnarounds from enemy to frenemy to partner in recent political history.

A spokesman for Jindal didn't immediately respond to The Advocate's request for comment. A story on Trump's possible cabinet appointees doesn't mention Jindal on the HHS Secretary list. Buzzfeed's exhaustive list of potential appointees similarly makes no mention of Jindal.

Jindal, who ended his own presidential run last fall after five months of heavy campaigning in Iowa, famously needled Trump before bowing out of the race after failing to gain traction in the polls.

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A few of the insults lobbed: Jindal lambasted Trump as "shallow," an "egomaniac," a "substance-free narcissist," a "carnival act" and even said Trump "looks like he's got a squirrel sitting on his head."

After Trump secured the GOP nomination earlier this summer, Jindal acquiesced and said he'd support Trump, but his support has remained tepid as  he more often took to criticizing Democrat Hillary Clinton, rather than heaping praise upon the GOP nominee, when asked to weigh in.

Jindal, who served two terms as governor before leaving office in January, is considered a health policy wonk. At 24 years old, he was appointed secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. He later went on to serve as an adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The WSJ article lists Jindal and Dr. Ben Carson as names discussed for the secretary post, but it doesn't acknowledge Jindal's presidential run. The only mention of Jindal reads: "Names discussed for Health and Human Services secretary include Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Ben Carson, one of Mr. Trump’s former primary rivals, one member of the transition team said."

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