Politics

Unpopular at home, Jindal getting little traction for 2016

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses the opening session of the Louisiana State Legislature in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, April 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, Pool)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses the opening session of the Louisiana State Legislature in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, April 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, Pool)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal’s focus on states important in the presidential campaign is drawing criticism at home in Louisiana and doing little apparent good for his 2016 prospects.

Lost at least for now in a pack of better-known White House contenders, Jindal is taking heat in Louisiana for a budget shortfall that threatens colleges and health care services with deep cuts. Lawmakers from both parties see his national political ambitions as a distraction.

Despite frequent travel, attention to national issues and strong relationship with religious conservatives, Jindal is making little impact in the Republican race.

Even so, it’s early in the contest, and the term-limited governor is expected to announce a presidential bid after the legislative session in mid-June. He’s sent aides to Iowa and hired an operative for New Hampshire.

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