IG: Jindal's broadside against Rand Paul 'raises questions'

IG: Jindal's broadside against Rand Paul 'raises questions'

Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's inspector general says Gov. Bobby Jindal's use of state resources to politically attack Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul raises "questions."

But Inspector General Stephen Street says legal ambiguities make it unclear if the broadside from Louisiana's GOP governor violated the state constitution, which forbids using public funds for political purposes.

Jindal, a likely presidential candidate, issued a statement Wednesday through his office with his official state letterhead, criticizing Paul's foreign policy ideas and describing him as "unsuited to be Commander-in-Chief."

Critics charged the act violated the state constitution and asked Street's office to investigate.

In a report issued Friday, Street said the Republican governor in the future should use privately-funded email accounts and websites to launch such political attacks "to avoid confusion and any appearance of impropriety."

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