BATON ROUGE - Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, a Republican running for governor, wants taxpayers to stop footing the bill for costs associated with Gov. Bobby Jindal's presidential campaign travel.
Dardenne released a letter Thursday calling on Jindal to use campaign cash to reimburse Louisiana State Police for travel costs tied to the governor's security detail when he's campaigning out of state.
The lieutenant governor says Jindal has been away from Louisiana 75 days so far this year.
It doesn't appear the governor will comply with Dardenne's request.
In June, Jindal vetoed state lawmakers' attempts to curb taxpayer spending on his campaign travel. On Thursday, Jindal spokesman Mike Reed said "the safety of the governor and his family" shouldn't be used as a political issue, offering no indication Jindal intended any reimbursement.
.@BobbyJindal, your spokesman just said that the LSP shouldn't be a "political issue." I agree. So please have your campaign reimburse La.— Jay Dardenne (@JayDardenne) July 23, 2015
.@BobbyJindal the safety of the Gov of Louisiana is of paramount importance, we just need your campaign to foot the bill for campaign events— Jay Dardenne (@JayDardenne) July 23, 2015
Click here to view a PDF version of Dardenne's address to Jindal.