Republican whiz kid Bobby Jindal isn't commenting on his next move after losing a bid for Louisiana governor. The former HHS official lost to Democrat Lt. Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who garnered 52% of the unofficial vote. During the campaign Blanco hammered Jindal's record as secretary of Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals during the mid-1990s, his blanket opposition to abortion and limited political experience. Jindal, who was named a Modern Healthcare Up & Comer in 1997 when he led the health department, accused Blanco of negative campaigning and attempted to distinguish himself by disclosing his fund raising every 48 hours, starting three weeks before the race. Jindal lost despite a cross-party endorsement from New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and backing from Daniel "Stormy" Johnson, former president of the Louisiana State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. Jindal, 32, an Indian-American, would have been Louisiana's first nonwhite governor. Blanco is the state's first female leader. Jindal's spokesman, Trey Williams, said Jindal would spend this week thanking supporters and then spend time with his family before deciding what to do next. -- by Mary Chris Jaklevic
Former HHS official Jindal loses governor's race
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