News Alert: Robideaux walking away from speaker's race
House Speaker Pro Tem and State Rep. Joel Robideaux, R-Lafayette, says he's ending his campaign for speaker of the House. "After several meetings with Representative (Chuck) Kleckley and candid conversations with my supporters about how best to serve my constituents and the people of the state, I have decided to end my campaign for speaker of the House and to support Representative Kleckley in his bid," Robideaux says in a prepared statement issued this afternoon. Jindal has publicly backed Kleckley for the speaker seat. Robideaux cited several important issues facing the state as key factors in his decision. "We have tough choices to make on education, pension reform, health care, roads and transportation, our work force, and saving the coast," Robideaux says. "Having enjoyed a close working relationship with Governor Jindal over the last four years, I look forward to helping him push through additional key legislative reforms that are critical to the future of our state."
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