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Jindal a possible front-runner for Trump cabinet

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Former Gov. Bobby Jindal could be a front-runner for a Cabinet position in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration after Ben Carson reportedly turned down a spot Tuesday.

Two major national publications, The Wall Street Journal and Politico, cited Jindal and Carson as possibilities for Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Jindal, for his part, has experience in the field, tapped at the age of 24 to be the secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals under Gov. Mike Foster. It seems he’s the best choice on paper, but FOX 8 political analyst Mike Sherman thinks Jindal’s own presidential campaign may have already scuttled his chances.

“Bobby Jindal was a golden boy of the Republican Party, a congressman, a governor at a young age, but he went after Donald Trump in the primary in a way, unlike most of Trump's other opponents. He called him a narcissist, an egomaniac, he went after his hair, calling it looking like a squirrel. It's gonna be very difficult for Jindal to reconcile to such an extent to get a prominent Cabinet post,” Sherman said.

But Public Service Commissioner and state chairman for the Trump campaign Eric Skrmetta thinks Jindal would fit right into a Trump cabinet.

“Gov. Jindal has a long history of interactivity in the Department of Health and Human Services and I think you'll find that there's not a whole lot of difference in their philosophy,” Skrmetta said.

Skrmetta said Jindal and Trump are on the same page when it comes to revamping the Affordable Care Act, but Sherman still thinks President-Elect Trump will remember the people who supported him the most during the campaign.

“Trump is a man who seems to really value loyalty, Ben Carson showed that loyalty during the campaign; Bobby Jindal did not. I think he's fortunate to have his name thrown about right now, it would still be difficult to see Donald Trump appointing Bobby Jindal,” Sherman said.

Still, Skrmetta believes Trump will see past the primaries in favor of America’s future.

“I personally don't think he's gonna hold a grudge against anybody in the party, he's gonna treat everybody fairly. I think it's his goal to represent all Americans and I think that broad statement is gonna lend itself to him to look past the small idiosyncrasies that sort of drive an election and see what's best for the country,” Skrmetta said.

Both Sherman and Skrmetta agree if Jindal is selected for a Cabinet position it would likely be a benefit to the state.

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