It was revealed that Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal wrote an essay regarding what appears to be about exorcisms. Many are now speculating this could hurt one of the GOP's top stars chances to be Mitt Romney's running mate.
Is Bobby Jindal’s political future over? Following an Associated Press report that put the Louisiana Governor’s religious beliefs into new light, it could hurt his chances at the Vice President slot or a future run for president.
The GOP governor published an article in 1994 for the New Oxford Review, a Roman Catholic magazine, which discusses the “physical dimensions of spiritual warfare.” The article describes a first-hand account of a prayer group intervention during his time at Brown University.
Although the younger Jindal did not explicitly state the term exorcism, he described an event that depicts what transpires during one.
“Kneeling on the ground, my friends were chanting, 'Satan, I command you to leave this woman.' Others exhorted all 'demons to leave in the name of Christ,” wrote Jindal nearly 20 years ago. He adds that a student wielded a crucifix, a friend of his responded to bible passages with vulgarity and another friend felt “purified.”
Since it was reported, Jindal nor his staff have not publicly commented on the incident or answered any questions relating to the 1994 paper. Jindal rarely has had to confront the report during his political career, but it has made the rounds across Louisiana.
Jindal spokesperson Shannon Bates issued a statement from Jindal Tuesday: “I wrote a lot of stuff in high school and college. While other kids were out partying, I was reading and writing. I'm sure some of that stuff is goofy. I just hope they don't review my grade school work."
With presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s Mormon religion and Jindal’s exorcism piece, could it hurt the Louisiana Governor’s chances at becoming his running mate? Those following the campaign trail say it’s a possible strike against Jindal in the VP sweepstakes.
A similar media report made headlines in 2010 when Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell had to defend her practices of witchcraft in her youth and openly admitted in a television commercial that she was “not a witch.”
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and South Dakota Senator John Thune have all been rumored to be high on Romney’s list of running mates.