Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal is working for extra cash at a pizza buffet chain restaurant in the Des Moines, IA, metropolitan area in order to supplement his anemic campaign finances, according to the establishment’s management.
William Fuller, assistant night manager at the Pizza Ranch in Urbandale, says Gov. Jindal recently started working about 20 hours a week there, earning minimum wage plus tips.
“Bobby was in here campaigning for president for about the third time during lunch rush last Tuesday,” Fuller recalled. “When he was done shaking hands and talking about all he’s done for Louisiana, he asked our supervisor if he could pick up a few shifts to help out with his campaign expenses.”
Jindal’s new part-time pizza gig comes in the wake of a recent report indicating his fledgling campaign spent $257,776 more than it collected during the latest fundraising quarter, prompting some to speculate he may be the next GOP White House hopeful to drop out of the race. Some reports say Jindal may have on hand as little as $261,000 in cash, an amount he ostensibly hopes to augment by busing tables and waiting on potential supporters at the popular Old-West-themed eatery.
“Our boss told Bobby he can campaign while on the clock as long he gets his work done and doesn’t piss off the customers,” Fuller explained. “Plus, he gets to eat for free all the pizza we were going to throw out anyway. It’s a pretty sweet deal, if you ask me.”
“I like Jindal’s stance on immigration, and he makes sure my iced tea is topped off.”
Pizza Ranch regulars report interacting with the two-term Louisiana governor as he refills their drinks and explains why he should be the next leader of the free world.
“I like Jindal’s stance on immigration, and he makes sure my iced tea is topped off,” 54-year-old Republican Margaret Holder said. “I’m not sure who I’ll vote for in the caucus come February, but he’s definitely got my vote for employee of the month.”
Holder added that she admires Jindal’s commitment to conservative principles even though he’d benefit from more liberal positions championed by many Democrats, including presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont.
“Like Bobby told me the other day as he was taking away my empty plates, if minimum wage was $15 an hour like that socialist Sanders wants, there’s no way Pizza Ranch could have afforded to hire him,” Holder recounted. “And they’d have to raise their prices so much, there’s no way I could continue coming here three times a week to eat and hear about Bobby’s ideas on health care.”
Fuller said Jindal has reached out to the management of numerous other Pizza Ranch locations throughout the Hawkeye State in hopes of hammering out employment situations similar to the one he has at the Urbandale location.
“Bobby’s really hoping the guys who run the Pizza Ranches in Ames, Sioux City, and Cedar Rapids will let him pick up some shifts at those places when he comes to town,” Fuller said. “He said he really needs the extra cash and the captive audiences.”