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Key role for Bobby Jindal

Washington: Bobby Jindal, Indian American Governor of Louisiana, has been chosen to keynote the National Republican Congressional Committee’s March fundraising dinner, fuelling speculation that he may emerge as the party’s presidential candidate in 2012.

“Bobby is a rising star and is a part of a new generation of leadership in our party,” NRCC chairman Pete Sessions noted in an E-mail to supporters. “He has a budding record of success, having implemented sound, common-sense business practices since he took office in 2007 and started rebuilding his great state.”

The March 24 dinner will put Mr. Jindal in touch with big Washington donors as he puts his celebrity status to work for House Republicans. It’s an event where the former President, Bush, has delivered the keynote address every year since he became the chief executive in 2000. Another indication that Republicans may be looking at him was that he has been picked up over Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who was defeated in the 2008 elections when she contested as party presidential candidate John McCain’ vice-presidential running mate. — IANS

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