Bobby Jindal Announces Conservative Policy Group 'America Next'
5:32 PM, Oct 17, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Louisana governor Bobby Jindal, the two-term Republican and potential presidential candidate, has announced the formation of a new group called America Next. The organization bills itself as a "conservative policy group" that aims to "focus on winning a war of ideas." Here's an excerpt from a mission statement by Jindal on the new group's website:
Jindal's initial statement doesn't list any specific policy ideas or proposals, though he has made education reform a priority during his governorship. But in places, the America Next mission statements sounds a bit like the first draft of a presidential announcement:
Jindal will serve as America Next's honorary chairman, while the day-to-day operations will be run by Jill Neunaber, a veteran of Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign and most recently campaign manager for Massachusetts Republican Gabriel Gomez's failed bid for U.S. Senate. Neunaber will operate the 501(c)(4) group from Alexandria, Virginia, just outside of Washington.
Curt Anderson, a spokesman for America Next, says the group will have "experts all over the country, including Governor Jindal, working on policy plans."
"We will focus intensely on policy prescriptions," Anderson writes in an email to THE WEEKLY STANDARD. "Not just political talking points, but actual policy proposals that can turn conservative thought into reality. Jindal has done a lot of this at the state level, as have other conservative governors. And of course we will promote those ideas to the greatest extent possible. But this is not a super PAC, and it will not be playing around in elections. It’s all about policy formulation."
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