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Government watchdog files complaint about Jindal

Jindal's office says the comments were on a matter of national security. (AP photo) Jindal's office says the comments were on a matter of national security. (AP photo)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) -

An attorney and self-appointed government watchdog is calling for the state's Office of Inspector General and Ethics Board to investigate Gov. Bobby Jindal's comments about a presidential candidate.

C.B. Forgotston thinks Jindal was out of line when he used state resources Wednesday to blast Kentucky Senator Rand Paul for suggesting that Republicans are strengthening Islamic extremists. Jindal said Paul's comments prove he is unsuited to be Commander in Chief.

The state's Constitution prohibits use of public funds to campaign for or against candidates.

Jindal's office argues the governor's comments were on a matter of national security. 

"Matters of national security are very important to Louisianians, and Louisiana is home to many American soldiers. The suggestion that the Governor of Louisiana cannot or should not comment on matters of national security is without merit," Jindal spokesman Mike Reed said.

Jindal plans to announce whether he'll run for president by the end of June.

Following is Jindal's press release statement in its entirety:

Today, Governor Jindal released the following statement after Senator Rand Paul commented this morning that ISIS exists because of hawkish foreign policy.

Governor Jindal said, "This is a perfect example of why Senator Paul is unsuited to be Commander-in-Chief. We have men and women in the military who are in the field trying to fight ISIS right now, and Senator Paul is taking the weakest, most liberal Democrat position.

It's one thing for Senator Paul to take an outlandish position as a Senator at Washington cocktail parties, but being Commander-in-Chief is an entirely different job. We should all be clear that evil and Radical Islam are at fault for the rise of ISIS, and people like President Obama and Hillary Clinton exacerbate it.

American weakness, not American strength, emboldens our enemies. Senator Paul's illogical argument clouds a situation that should provide pure moral clarity. Islam has a problem. ISIS is its current manifestation. And the next President's job is to have the discipline and strength to wipe ISIS off the face of the earth. It has become impossible to imagine a President Paul defeating radical Islam and it's time for the rest of us to say it."

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