The Great Big Story
Governor Bobby Jindal was reprimanded by BREC officials after he failed to properly dispose of a legislative ally’s feces during an outing at the popular Raising Cane’s Dog Park at City Park last month.
Jindal was reportedly taking Rep. Steve Carter (R-Baton Rouge) out for a walk and some exercise after the House Education Committee chairman had been cooped up all day in the State Capitol chairing meetings.
Witnesses said Carter dropped a rather sizable pile of solid waste in the park not long after arriving with the governor. He then allegedly spent the next several minutes frolicking about the park and sniffing rear ends.[pullquote]“The governor was just really distracted that day,” Plotkin said. “From now on, he’ll make sure Policy Director Stafford Palmieri does the scooping.”[/pullquote]
Jindal reportedly took Carter back to the Capitol without cleaning up the mess.
Officials with BREC later called the governor after other dog owners at the park complained. Jindal was told to clean up after his legislative pets or he would be banned from the park.
BREC’s website clearly states “All dog waste must be disposed of properly.”
Jindal’s Communications Director Kyle Plotkin said the governor was sorry he didn’t obey the park rules and that it wouldn’t happen again.
“The governor was just really distracted that day,” Plotkin said. “From now on, he’ll make sure Policy Director Stafford Palmieri does the scooping.”
Regardless of Jindal’s apology, some visitors to the dog park weren’t too happy about the incident.
“I take my dog to the park almost every day after work,” said Jim Blount, who teaches at Westdale Elementary. “It’s bad enough he’s making me eat sh””t. Now I have to step in it, too?”