Political consultant James Carville writes scathing letter criticizing Grover Norquist, Louisiana Legislature _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--American political commentator and media personality James Carville is all smiles as New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu wins reelection for a second term at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.

In the letter, which The Reveille posted online Wednesday, Carville takes Norquist and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to task for the state’s budget woes.

“The news from the governor’s office and the state Legislature has attained a level of buffoonery and comedy before unseen in a state with a long history of both,” Carville writes. “Our beloved university is being systematically dismantled and as a result of our governor and a significant portion of our Legislature pledging allegiance to a Washington lobbyist with the long history of shady dealings.”

At issue is an anti-tax pledge pushed by the Norquist-backed Americans for Tax Reform. Jindal and 26 state lawmakers have signed it, agreeing not to raise taxes.

Carville, a Democratic operative and Clinton ally, argues in his letter that the pledge — and Jindal’s fear of breaking it — has rendered Norquist “the most powerful person in our state.”

“Proposed legislation is routinely sent to him by the governor to seek his approval. Trust me its true,” he writes.

Read the whole Letter to the Editor via the Reveille here.

For more on the budget situation and the impact the tax pledge has read these stories from The Advocate.