Cheers to Governor-elect Bobby Jindal who in the next few months in January 2008 will be the first South Asian American (non-white) Governor of Louisanna and also will be the youngest Governor in the U.S. (he’s a year younger than I am, he’s 36)!!! In addition, he is a very conservative Republican, for example he is a pro-life hardliner when it comes to abortion—as his catchphrase is, “no abortion, no exceptions”. I am proud of a state that has matured and has my personal welcome to the 21st century. Why I am saying this? It was only about 16 years ago in October 1991 (and I remember well as a 21 year old youth) the race between former Klansman, the charming psychopath David Duke against and Eddie Edwards (thank God Edwards, despite his flaws one) during that close race. According to Excite News, “Jindal, the Republican 36-year-old son of Indian immigrants, carried more than half the vote against 11 opponents. With about 92 percent of the vote in, Jindal had 53 percent with 625,036 votes – more than enough to win outright and avoid a Nov. 17 runoff…His nearest competitors: Democrat Walter Boasso with 208,690 votes or 18 percent; Independent John Georges had 1167,477 votes or 14 percent; Democrat Foster Campbell had 151,101 or 13 percent. Eight candidates divided the rest.”
I personally wish Governor-elect Jindal well as he begins administration as Governor in making the state of Louisana a very prosperous and wealthy state for all it’s citizens of all backgrounds. Let the work begin.
Read more about his win on Excite News at http://apnews.excite.com/article/20071021/D8SDDV580.html and read his biography on wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Jindal