Monday, October 22, 2007

Bobby Jindal wins Louisiana Governorship

[Been a bit busy this weekend so wasn't able to comment on this until now]

The first Indian-American governor in the United States! And he converted to Roman Catholicism (from Hinduism) as a teenager too!

A historic occasion, for sure.

Jindal triumphant in Louisian (Time)

Son of immigrants rises in a Southern State (NYT)

[Jindal's views on Catholicism and religion were in play in the race. This post at dotCommonweal has a good summary.]

Here's a quote that St. Lizzy sent me an email, that I don't have the time right now to hunt down. ""I think we're setting the bar too low when we say, 'Look, isn't it great that we haven't had a statewide elected official go to jail recently?'" Heh.

Congratulations, Governor-elect Jindal!


St. Elizabeth of Cayce said...

Hey -- the quote was from the AP story where I first saw the announcement.

Jindal continues his call for a special legislative session to enact some ehtical reforms by saying:

"The reality is there are a lot of practices that are accepted ways of doing business in Baton Rouge that are considered unethical in other parts of the country, that are considered illegal in other parts of the country," he said.

Gashwin said...

Oy! Goes to show that I didn't read the link you sent! (Where's the sheepish grin emoticon?)