DuBos: Jindal needs to say where he stands on discrimination bill

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Posted on April 10, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 10 at 10:15 PM

In his Commentary last week, Eyewitness News political analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos ignited statewide scrutiny of a bill that would let charter schools discriminate against some kids.

This week, Clancy asks why Gov. Bobby Jindal hasn’t taken a position on the bill.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

Last week we got a lot of folks talking about Senate Bill 217, by state Senator A. G. Crowe, R-Slidell. Crowe wants to limit the types of discrimination that state agencies can prohibit in their contracts with private companies.

Despite claims to the contrary, Crowe’s bill would affect charter schools. His own legal expert said so in sworn testimony to a committee that Crowe chairs.

The only thing that’s not yet clear is where Gov. Bobby Jindal stands. After our commentary last week, the governor’s press secretary said the governor is against discrimination. That’s nice, but what does that mean with regard to Crowe’s bill? After all, David Duke used to say that he, too, was against discrimination.

Perhaps the governor’s vagueness relates to speculation that he might considered for the second spot on the GOP ticket in November. The last thing Jindal wants in that case — or in any case, for that matter — is controversy.

Well, governor, here’s a little secret: you can’t lead by playing it safe. Not on issues like this.

So stop hiding behind your press secretary, governor. Tell us where you stand on Senate Bill 217. Nothing less than a clear, unequivocal statement — for or against — will do.

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