Louisiana Gov. Jindal To Headline SC GOP Convention

WASHINGTON, DC -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will headline the South Carolina Republican Party's Silver Elephant Dinner, a major GOP fundraising event in the early primary state that doubles as a must-do stopover for ambitious politicians with an eye on the White House.

Jindal will address the banquet, the finale of the state GOP's annual convention in Columbia, on June 6.

He visited the state last summer to kick off Gov. Nikki Haley's re-election bid alongside Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, but Jindal's Silver Elephant speech will mark his first solo appearance before a crowd of the state party's most dedicated activists and donors.

Jindal is the just latest in a long line of potential 2016 candidates to address the dinner. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was the headliner in 2013, preceded by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in 2012 and Rick Santorum in 2011. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, whose name has also bubbled up in recent conversations about the next presidential race, appeared at the event six years ago as a congressman.

"We are proud to welcome Governor Bobby Jindal to South Carolina," South Carolina GOP chairman Matt Moore said in an email to CNN. "Our Republican governors are leading the way with solutions to America's toughest challenges. Few governors can articulate those solutions like Gov. Jindal."

Jindal has jump-started his political activity in recent months with a flurry of education policy op-eds, a national health care plan and appearances in the leadoff caucus and primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

In March, Jindal convened a private lunch with more than a dozen influential Republican power players in New Hampshire, including former Gov. John Sununu, former Gov. Steve Merrill, attorney Tom Rath and former Mitt Romney fundraiser Beverly Bruce.

On Monday, the Iowa Republican Party announced that Jindal will appear at that party's convention in June.

He's also vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association, a platform that keeps him connected to top party fundraisers around the country.


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