Rep. Cassidy hires Jindal campaign strategist
BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Congressman Bill Cassidy has hired Gov. Bobby Jindal's top campaign strategist to work on his 2012 re-election effort.
Cassidy's tapping of Timmy Teepell as a consultant is prompting speculation Cassidy may launch a 2014 challenge to U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat. Cassidy is a Republican.
Teepell told The Times-Picayune that Cassidy's campaign is the only Louisiana campaign on which he'll be working this year. Cassidy has no announced opponents.
Teepell managed all of Jindal's successful congressional and gubernatorial campaigns and served as his chief of staff, before becoming a partner with OnMessage Inc., a political consulting firm. Landing Teepell is further evidence that Jindal will not make the race against Landrieu, who will be running for a fourth term.