Keep politics away from storm relief efforts: Jindal to leaders

Last Updated: Sun, Nov 04, 2012 07:17 hrs

Houston: Louisiana's Indian-American Governor Bobby Jindal has asked the White House and state leaders in the Northeast dealing with relief efforts in the aftermath of megastorm Sandy to "stop declaring victory" and instead focus on helping victims of the disaster.

"I think it's way too early for the President or anybody else to say how the response is going," The Republican Governor told Fox News.

He urged the White House and state leaders in the Northeast dealing with Sandy relief efforts to "stop declaring victory, stop giving speeches" and focus on helping victims.

Asked if President Barack Obama is running a political risk by returning to the campaigning for the November 6 polls while millions in New York and New Jersey are still without power and supplies after the superstorm, Jindal said most people are not concerned about the politics involved, they just want help.

"It's been our experience in Louisiana...the bureaucracy doesn't move as quickly. It's not accustomed to moving quickly. It's not a partisan issue, you've just got to push the bureaucracy at every level, especially the federal level."

Jindal was also back on the campaign trail for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney this weekend.

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