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Jindal delays book launch amid gulf oil disaster

By Stephen Lowman

Many unforgettable images are coming out of the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. But Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has decided to avoid one image that could have spelled political disaster: promoting his forthcoming memoir while the livelihoods of Louisianans along the coast are under threat.

“Real Hope, Real Change: New Conservative Solutions to Rescue America,” was originally set to be released on July 12 by Regnery Press. Its publication has now been postponed, with no new release date set.

Marji Ross, president of Regnery, said the decision was Jindal’s. “We understand and support the Governor’s commitment to focus 150 percent of his attention on the BP oil spill and its impact on Louisiana and the Gulf Coast,” she said in a statement.

Jindal, often called a “rising star” of the Republican Party, must also be aware that marketing his book during a time of crisis could be a publicity nightmare. When Sarah Palin announced she was writing a book in May 2009, some in Alaska grumbled that she was putting personal gain ahead of her duties as governor.

Jindal, 38, was the first American of Indian descent to be elected a governor. He is considered a possible presidential contender in 2012. His book appears to be part of an effort to give him greater national exposure. According to the publisher, the book tells Jindal’s “personal story, including his conversion to Christianity and his unprecedented political career, with an account of his local and national governmental successes.”

According to his latest financial disclosure filings, the Associated Press reported that Jindal’s contract with Regnery has already earned him between $50,000 and $99,000.

By Steven E. Levingston  |  May 26, 2010; 1:17 PM ET
 
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