Gov. Jindal maintains senator called lawmakers racist
BATON ROUGE - Governor Jindal and State Senator Karen Carter-Peterson are sticking to their guns.
"She's in essence calling people who disagree with the president and disagree with Obamacare racist," Jindal said. "I think it's pathetic. I think it's simplistic to make everything about race, to make everything about skin color. That's not what this issue is about."
The issue started when the Governor refused to back President Obama's medicaid expansion in favor of public-private partnerships with the state hospital system.
Tuesday, Carter-Peterson spoke her mind.
"It is not about how many federal dollars we can receive. You ready? You want to know what it's about? It's about race. Now nobody wants to talk about that. It's about the race of this African American President," the District 5 senator from New Orleans said.
On Thursday after a News 2 story aired showing her dodging questions, Carter-Peterson spoke to New Orleans media.
"I didn't call anyone a racist. I referenced some of the conversations I'd had with colleagues," she said.
The fire storm comes as she fired at the Governor's hospital plan because paperwork given to lawmakers was missing 50 pages.
"How can a board approve a document a contract with blank pages? At some point, enough is enough," Carter-Peterson said on the senate floor Thursday. "And at some point, I hope this body stands up and challenges this administration and challenges the nonsense that is going on with this administration."
"That's pretty normal for our board to say to our assistant president go figure out those details, since that time the senate finance committee has now approved some of those details," Jindal said.
He says once the hospital pan is completely done those missing pages will be filled out. The plan also still needs approval from the House and Senate Budget Committees.