Jindal won't endorse either candidate for 3rd District runoff

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal isn't getting involved in the Republican battle in Louisiana's 3rd District congressional


Jindal spokeswoman Shannon Bates said Monday

the governor won't endorse a candidate in the Dec. 8 runoff between

U.S. Reps.

Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry. Bates says the governor has

"great respect" for both congressmen and will leave it to voters

to choose between them.

The two congressmen were forced into the same district when Louisiana lost a U.S. House seat after the most recent federal


Boustany, a traditional Republican allied with House Speaker John Boehner, is seeking a fifth term. Landry, the tea party

favorite, is running for a second term.

The newly drawn district, which includes southwest Louisiana and Acadiana, favors Boustany. He led the five-man field in the

primary election.