Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal joined Rick Hill, Montana’s Republican candidate for governor, at a private fundraiser Thursday at the Billings Mercedes Benz dealership.
Jindal, a popular GOP personality, is working fundraisers around the country for Republican candidates this year. Outside the party, he’s probably best known for his 2009 response to President Barack Obama’s state of the union address, which was broadly panned.
However, his success in Louisiana is undeniable. Jindal, the nation’s first Indian-American governor, was re-elected by a landslide in 2011, at age 39.
Jindal was to have a prime speaking spot at the Republican National Convention in Tampa last month but canceled as Hurricane Isaac threatened Louisiana.
The governor isn’t the only recent high-profile Republican figure to raise money in Montana this year. Earlier Josh Romney, son of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, appeared at a Billings fundraiser for his father. House Speaker John Boehner stopped in Billings in August to raise money for Steve Daines, Montana’s Republican candidate for the U.S. House. In February, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld held a fundraiser for U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Denny Rehberg. Sen. John McCain, the Republican 2008 presidential candidate, stumped for Rehberg in August.
And Mitt Romney attended a July fundraiser for himself in Hamilton.
All of the fundraisers have been pay-to-attend private affairs.