Jindal Book on 'Life Lessons,' Not Aspirations

Monday, 13 Apr 2009 12:23 PM

By Dave Eberhart

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is writing a book -- but denies that it is the de rigor exercise that comes before running for the highest office in the land.

“I’d be writing this book even if I never ran for anything again,” he insisted, according to NOLA.com.

Jindal, despite such protestations, is considered by many pundits as an attractive future GOP candidate for the White House.

He revealed that he had cut a deal with Regnery Publishing – the outfit that has cranked out conservative books by the likes of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, actor Chuck Norris and political commentator Ann Coulter.

The book is tentatively scheduled for release in 2010, the governor said, adding that the work will be a grab-bag of biographical material -- “lessons I’ve learned throughout my life” -- and his thoughts on a spectrum of policy issues, according to a Politico report.

“I just want to offer my ideas and my experiences to the conversation,” Jindal said modestly.

“One of the reasons I’m doing this with a co-author is to make sure there’s somebody else doing a lot of the heavy lifting,” Jindal said, adding, “This isn’t something that will take a lot of my time.”

That co-author he speaks of is Peter Schweizer, a Florida resident whose previous work includes nonfiction books about the Bush family and President Reagan -- and a novel co-authored with former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger.

Meanwhile, Jindal has been busy with fundraising trips around the country and increasing his national profile with the GOP.

The book he is writing would appear to be yet another “Presidential” exercise. A relatively unknown Barack Obama cranked out a bestseller, “Dreams from My Father,” that helped propel him on his long road to the White House.

Then there was “Faith of My Fathers,” John McCain’s portrait of his family’s military history.

Rising star Jindal was tapped to give the Republican response to Obama’s address to Congress in February. He has been a strong and highly visible opponent of the economic stimulus bill.

Homegrown critics, however, have lambasted the politician for not paying fuller attention to his chief executive role as he jets around the country raising money for his re-election campaign.

“It’s certainly a long way from today to actually having something written,” Jindal said.

Work on the book will ramp up this summer, after the legislative session ends, according to the NOLA.com report.

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