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Dec 17, 2010 8:06 PM by Carolyn Cerda

Petition to Recall Jindal

With less than a year until the next governor's race, a petition has been filed to recall Governor Bobby Jindal. The petitioner, Ronnie Ceasar of Opelousas, filed the documents Wednesday afternoon with the Secretary of State's Office.

Ceasar says he's fed up with cuts to Louisiana's higher education and health care. "Has anyone done an impact study to see what these cuts are going to do to the poor, the disenfranchised," said Ceasar.

" This guy (Jindal), with all his degrees seems to have lost his mind. He's committed some criminal acts and he needs to be held accountable."

In order to recall Jindal, the state gives the petitioner 180 days to gather "not less than 33 1/3 percent of the number of the total electors of the voting area." In the governor's case, it's about 908,000 signatures.

"We're going to throw this bum out when it comes June 15th," said Ceasar. "He is not above us, we voted for him."

Ceasar, who is a Ph.D. candidate at Southern University studying public policy, says he knows it's a huge task to tackle, but he says it's worth it. He says working with the civil rights group POWER - People on Weighing Equal Rights - has given him the resources to get the job done. He has already organized a group of vice chairs for each district in the state to work on the petition.

Other than what Ceasar says Governor Jindal is doing to the state, he's also upset with what Jindal isn't doing. He says the governor is no longer focused on Louisiana issues, but rather his own agenda.

"He's moved on to national aspirations of vice president. He's not going to get that, he won't even be re-elected governor. He's going to New York, California on state time. If you were a state employee and you did any of these very heinous crimes, you would not only be fired you would be brought up on charges."

This latest attempt to recall Governor Jindal is not the first, four others have tried before, and failed.

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