Thursday, February 26, 2009

How Many Times Did Jindal Lie?

Yesterday at the bottom of my post recapping Bobby Jindal's national weird-out, I described how the Governor totally distorted his record on education.

Now, TPM Muckraker's Zachary Roth has been looking into whether or not Bobby Jindal's account of meeting with Sheriff Harry Lee during Katrina is a fabrication.

Here is what Jindal said:

During Katrina, I visited Sheriff Harry Lee, a Democrat and a good friend of mine. When I walked into his makeshift office I'd never seen him so angry. He was yelling into the phone: 'Well, I'm the Sheriff and if you don't like it you can come and arrest me!' I asked him: 'Sheriff, what's got you so mad?' He told me that he had put out a call for volunteers to come with their boats to rescue people who were trapped on their rooftops by the floodwaters. The boats were all lined up ready to go - when some bureaucrat showed up and told them they couldn't go out on the water unless they had proof of insurance and registration. I told him, 'Sheriff, that's ridiculous.' And before I knew it, he was yelling into the phone: 'Congressman Jindal is here, and he says you can come and arrest him too!' Harry just told the boaters to ignore the bureaucrats and start rescuing people.

Did Governor Jindal fabricate this story? TPM is has collected evidence indicating that he may have.

Maybe us locals can help figure it out.


The shellfish tracks another lie from Jindal's speech, the one about what a waste it apparently is to keep an eye on active volcanoes in populated areas.


Anonymous said...

Also, the stimulus plan does not allocate specific funds for a magnetic train from Las Vegas to Orlando.

Cannot believe Jindal's people did not do some basic fact checking before spreading these misrepresentations.

From Media Matters...

Furthermore, contrary to Hannity's false claim -- which has been pushed by House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) -- that the economic recovery bill directs that funds be spent on a high-speed rail line between Southern California and Las Vegas, the bill does not direct high-speed rail funds to any specific high-speed rail project. Furthermore, any funding would be allocated by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a former Republican congressman.

The bill states that $8 billion shall remain available for the "Secretary of Transportation" for "projects that support the development of intercity high speed rail service" and that the secretary shall "submit to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations a strategic plan that describes how the Secretary will use the funding provided under this heading to improve and deploy high speed passenger rail systems." The Joint Explanatory Statement of the Conference Report on H.R. 1 further states of the high-speed rail program: "The conferees have provided the Secretary flexibility in allocating resources between the programs to advance the goal of deploying intercity high speed rail systems in the United States."

mominem said...

I hate to tell you this but TPM doesn't disprove what Jindal said.

Its a string of suppositions and inferences that don't exactly connect.

jeffrey said...

And of course which we conveniently cannot check on this definitively because Jindal cleverly chose a dead man as the one possible eyewitness to this supposed conversation. (Wow he sure is smart!)

Look, I'm not going to be able to disprove the story either... and so I can only make the highly subjective statement that everything Bobby Jindal says or does comes off as a smarmy condescending prickish lie to me and... well I would really love to hear what Harry would say if we were around.

SFTor said...

I listened to Bobby Jindal tell the Harry Lee story, and unquestionably received the impression that he was there when it happened. I also got the clear impression that he offered support for the sheriff's position.

Turns out he wasn't there when it happened, which also means he can't claim to have supported the sheriff at that moment.

How is this not a lie?