Posted: Oct 12, 2011 10:18 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Oct 12, 2011 11:10 PM
BATON ROUGE- Seven of the ten candidates running for governor made their case for the job today at LSU, the most noticeable no-show was Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Organizers of the event say Gov. Jindal was invited but declined an opportunity to attend.
"I said all along we'd be happy to participate, we'd accept an invitation for a statewide televised debate on a broadcast TV station and unfortunately the CBS affiliates decided not to do that debate," said Governor Jindal.
Candidates at the debate say that's just an excuse, not confidence.
"I don't think that's confidence, I think that's fear that he's been bullying into intimidating any opposition and now that he's got some he can't really defend his record," said Androniki "Niki Bird" Papazoglakis, a gubernatorial candidate.
His closest opponent, Tara Hollis, says his absence at the debate is par for his administration.
"It's been very neglectful, he's very preoccupied with those in other states, he doesn't take care of business at home and I hope that is reflected with the empty chair up there tonight," said Hollis.
Also absent from the debate, candidates Ron Ceasar and William Robert "Bob" Lang.
The most recent poll shows Gov. Jindal with a 57 percent majority, while Hollis garnered 5 percent.