WELSH, LA.(KPLC) -Still no endorsement of David Vitter from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal-- one day after he publicly endorsed a Republican senate candidate in Kansas. But the Republican governor was in Lake Charles and Welsh today on what he calls his building a better Louisiana tour. The Governor is highlighting areas of progress including jobs and the economy.
Less than one month before Louisiana decides the race for U.S. Senate Jindal is touring the state-- but not stumping for the Republican senate candidate Vitter. In fact at this point he's not endorsed the incumbent. Jindal said, "Obviously if we get involved in the election we'll let the media know, but we don't get involved in every race. The reality is I don't think endorsements win elections. I think voters are smart enough to decide for themselves. What I think is important is for voters to turn out. This is an important election not only for the state but the country. We have several candidates on the ballot."
In Welsh, citizens of Jeff Davis gathered to hear the governor's message of hope for the future in light of economic development that has created thousands of jobs in Southwest Louisiana including Zagis here in Jeff Davis along with Aeroframe, Northrop Grumman and the Shaw Group. "Portfolio dot com says we've got the second best economy in the country, Gallup says we're the third best at creating jobs, Pauline says we're the most improved state. The whole point is we're trying to create a new Louisiana so our children don't have to leave home to pursue their dreams."
In fact Jindal, says after twenty years of losing people for the past three years more people have been moving into the state. "One more sign we're making progress, just this past week Cato gave Louisiana, one of only four states to get an a grade for fiscal responsibility. We've cut taxes, revamped ethics, revamped work force training, we continue to outperform the national, the southern economy." From Jeff Davis on to Calcasieu and to VFW Post 2130. Here the governor awarded the Louisiana Veterans Honor Medal to hundreds of veterans gathered for the occasion.
In all, Governor Jindal awarded 426 veterans of Calcasieu Parish with the Louisiana Veterans Honor Medal.
In 2008 Jindal signed legislation to create the honor medal program to recognize and honor all of Louisiana's veterans.