Analysis: Jindal's presidential motivations
BATON ROUGE- Almost anyone who follows politics assumes Governor Jindal will run for president. Some are calling it "the worst kept secret in Louisiana."
Jindal's staff has said the governor will announce whether or not he's running after Louisiana's legislative session ends in June. However, his chances of winning seem very slim. In polls, he ranks near the bottom when compared to other candidates.
Jeremy Alford with LaPolitics.com believes Jindal could have an ulterior motive if he chooses to run. "You see people run for president all the time," said Alford, "and they end up as the vice president, they end up as a secretary in the cabinet. They end up as maybe the chairman the Republican National Committee, maybe that's on Jindal's mind."
The governor has been spending a lot of time in key primary and caucus states appealing to conservative voters. "The governor plays very well in front of faith groups," said Alford, "he does very well in front of hard-right tea party groups."
News of Jindal's shortcomings are getting attention outside the state. As Louisiana faces a $1.6 billion dollar deficit, some say Jindal's absence has hurt the state. "You're either working on raising money for a $1.6 billion shortfall or you're working on raising money for a presidential run," said Alford, "I can't help but feel its been some distraction when you look at the amount of time other governors have spent in their offices."