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Kathleen Blanco on Principles & Values

Democratic LA Governor


2003 TV ad: "Wake up, Louisiana!" beat Jindal 52-48

When the dust cleared on primary night in 2003, I had come in first with 33% of the vote, a full 15% ahead of Blanco. It's hard to pinpoint the reason for my victory. I think it was a combination of hard work, discipline, people power, and the power of ideas.

Still, the election wasn't over. [We faced] a runoff with the perfectly positioned Kathleen Blanco--she didn't have a controversial record to defend, she seemed non-threatening, and she could attract bipartisan support as a Democrat campaigning as a cultural conservative. She was widely known and I was not. At the very end of the campaign, Blanco went on the attack, running a TV ad that featured a voice shouting, "Wake up, Louisiana!" Displaying an unflattering picture of me, the ad warned that people were in danger of electing some guy no one really knew. The ad played to Blanco's strengths as a safe, status quoi candidate, which was a good place to be at the time, pre-Katrina. In the end she beat us, 52 to 48 percent.

Source: Leadership and Crisis, by Bobby Jindal, p. 90-91 , Nov 15, 2010

Other governors on Principles & Values: Kathleen Blanco on other issues:
LA Gubernatorial:
Bobby Jindal
LA Senatorial:
David Vitter
Mary Landrieu

Newly seated 2010:
NJ Chris Christie
VA Bob McDonnell

Term-limited as of Jan. 2011:
AL Bob Riley
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
NM Bill Richardson
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Donald Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
WY Dave Freudenthal
Newly Elected Nov. 2010:
AL: Robert Bentley (R)
CA: Jerry Brown (D)
CO: John Hickenlooper (D)
CT: Dan Malloy (D)
FL: Rick Scott (R)
GA: Nathan Deal (R)
HI: Neil Abercrombie (D)
IA: Terry Branstad (R)
KS: Sam Brownback (R)
ME: Paul LePage (R)
MI: Rick Snyder (R)
MN: Mark Dayton (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
NM: Susana Martinez (R)
NV: Brian Sandoval (R)
NY: Andrew Cuomo (D)
OH: John Kasich (R)
OK: Mary Fallin (R)
PA: Tom Corbett (R)
RI: Lincoln Chafee (I)
SC: Nikki Haley (R)
SD: Dennis Daugaard (R)
TN: Bill Haslam (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WY: Matt Mead (R)
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