Thursday, November 6, 2008

Meet Bobby Jindal

Born Piyush Jindal out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1971 to Indian-American parents, Bobby has quite the American success story.

He adopted his nickname from his love of the hit show The Brady Brunch. At age four, it was his favorite television program and he especially enjoyed Bobby Brady. From then on, his family simply called him Bobby.

Born Hindu, Jindal converted to Catholicism at age seventeen. He has studied many other sects of Christianity and is a scholar in Baptist and Pentecostal teachings as well.

After graduating from a public high school, Jindal attended Brown University in Rhode Island where graduated with honors in both biology and public policy.

Originally considering a career in medicine, he was accepted to both Yale and Harvard universities. At the last moment, Jindal changed his mind and found a calling in politics. He was accepted to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and graduated with a degree in political science.

Bobby returned to his roots in Louisiana not long after attaining his degree. He took a number of jobs within the Republican party and the state government. In 1999 he was recognized by Louisiana's governor and became the youngest president of the University of Louisiana system.

In 2003, Jindal made his first run for governor. In a hard fought race, he ended up losing by a thin margin. His opponent won with 52% of the vote.

Vowing that his career in public service was not over, he ran in 2004 for the U.S. Congress. Bobby achieved a landslide win with a whopping 78% of the vote.

In 2007, Bobby won a crowded gubernatorial contest in his home state. In a four way race, he was able to capture 54% of the vote. For the record, the runner up garnered a mere 17%.

Jindal will not stay governor of Louisiana for very long. His track record on issues will warm a conservative's heart. He has a 100% voting record from the Right to Life committee, an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association, voted for an amendment banning flag burning and is opposed to federal funding of stem cell research.

Ladies and gentlemen, you would do well to remember Bobby Jindal.

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