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Some say Jindal would be even more of a 'lame duck' as a presidential candidate

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Governor Bobby Jindal is expected to announce he is running for the White House this week.

And some political observers weighed in on whether a run for the presidency would make Jindal even more of a 'lame duck' as his term as governor winds down.

“When you're running for president as a Republican, the Republican primary and caucus voters are who you need to win over, not the voters of Louisiana anymore, they don't matter for your run for your run for president,” said Political Analyst Mike Sherman of Tulane University.

Governor Jindal has acted like he would be a 2016 presidential candidate for years now. And Wednesday he is expected to make his intentions official at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.

Jindal once resided in Kenner.

"If Governor Jindal were to be graded on attendance at the end of this year it's probably not going to be a very good grade,” Sherman stated.

And as a presidential contender Jindal would undoubtedly need to spend considerable time on the campaign trail outside of Louisiana.

"When you're running for president you've got to be in Iowa, you've got to be in New Hampshire, you've got to be in those early primary and caucus states,” said Sherman.

It is not headline-making that someone from Louisiana wants to run for the presidency.

Former Governor Buddy Roemer made a bid for the White House during the last race, but was never a top tier candidate.

Still, Sherman thinks Jindal's attempt to gain the highest office in the land may be an adjustment for some in Louisiana since Jindal still occupies the governor's office.

"When you're running for president as a Republican, the Republican primary and caucus voters are who you need to win over, not the voters of Louisiana anymore,” Sherman stated.

He thinks Jindal will become more of a lame duck if he runs.

"Absolutely, being out of the state isn't that difficult with technology to stay in touch,” said Sherman.

Others said clearly Jindal's previous travels have caught attention.

"I'm not sure what schedule he intends to keep but I know last year he didn't spend a whole lot of time in the state and I guess presumably continued to operate as our governor in the way that he did,” said House Speaker Pro-Tem, Walt Leger, D-New Orleans.

The Jindal Administration issued a statement in response to our inquiry for this news report.

"Governor Jindal is the Chief Executive of Louisiana at all times. A possible increased travel schedule wouldn't have an impact on day to day operations, since technology allows staff to stay in touch with the Governor even when he is not sitting in his office in Baton Rouge,” stated Communications Director Mike Reed.

Rep. Leger said even if the governor is out of the state on the campaign trail, as governor he will continue to wield a lot of authority.

"Whether or not it makes him more of a lame duck, or less of a lame duck, the fact of the matter is until the day that he is no longer the governor there are certain powers that the governor of this state possesses that still leaves him with a lot of influence over how things will play out over the next couple of months,” Leger said.

He said Jindal and his administration will have input on expected mid-year budget issues, and more.

Still Jindal at this point is considered a long-shot.

"Let's be very clear, he's not showing up in the polls above one percent, this is a very difficult run for the sitting governor,” said Sherman.

Still Sherman acknowledged it is early in the game.

"I don't think steep hill is accurate for Governor Jindal's chances for his quest for president, I think it's like a steep mountain, but you know what he might be a long shot, but he's still got a shot as a sitting governor,” he said.

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