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Bobby Jindal coming to raise money for Ricky Gill

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will be in the Bay Area tomorrow, Thursday, July 12, to raise money for fellow Republican and Indo-American Ricky Gill, who’s challenging Rep. Jerry McNerney in the newly drawn 9th Congressional District.

Tickets to the 6 p.m. wine-and-hors-d’ouevres reception at the Fremont home of Kaval and Jasvir Gill cost $1,000, or $2,500 including a photo with the governor and the candidate.

Gill as of May 16 had raised about $1.38 million and spent about $675,000 with about $708,000 cash on hand remaining; McNerney, D-Stockton, had raised about $1.24 million and spent about $553,000 but had about $926,000 cash on hand.

UPDATE @ 4:26 p.m.: Jindal and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, also will be raising money Friday for a slew of California’s Republican House candidates with a midday reception and lunch at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in San Francisco, followed by a 6 p.m. reception at the Atherton home of Skip and Linda Law. For both events, a basic ticket costs $1,000, while co-hosts ($5,000), event hosts ($15,000) and event chairs ($30,000) get additional tickets, special access and photos.

I’ll be meeting with McCarthy and the candidates at around 2 p.m. Friday, and hope to post a blog item or story shortly thereafter.

UPDATE @ 2:04 P.M. MONDAY 7/16: I’m told Jindal cancelled his trip to California at the last minute.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Derek

    Who in their right mind would pay to meet Bobby Jindal. That guys nothing more than a dull moronic sheep representing the party of lies and corporations.

    The fraud doesn’t even utilize his real name. He’s nothing more than a self hating inferiority complex harboring weasal.

  • Rick K.

    I agree with Derek. I’ve tuned out Gov. Jindal ever since his irrational and selfish “Republican response” speech in February of 2009. He criticized $140 million in proposed federal spending by the Obama Administration for “volcano monitoring” as “wasteful”. This from a man whose state has been devastated by natural disasters, including Hurricane Katrina. I dare Gov. Jindal to tell the people of Louisiana that the federal government should stop “hurricane monitoring” because it is “wasteful”. Gov. Jindal’s viability as a presidential candidate was deflated by that speech. He deserves to go back to political obscurity. If the Ricky Gill chooses to surround himself with thoughtless/hypocritical fools like Gov. Jindal, then the people of the Central Valley should not elect that child with minimal private sector/life experience to Congress.

  • JohnW

    Bobby Jindal is a hero in the conservative Indian community. He’ll raise a ton of money for Gill. Don’t forget that one of Gill’s obstetrician parents immigrated from India.

    Jindal is not my cup of tea politically, but he is extremely intelligent and highly educated.