Oil Disaster Boon to Gulf Politicians

Monday, August 02, 2010

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal speaks at the Rally for Economic Survival at the Cajundome on July 21, 2010 in Lafayette, Louisiana. (Mario Tama/Getty)

For many politicians along the Gulf Coast, the oil spill has had an unexpected positive spillover effect – increased exposure and popularity. With the clear exception of BP and its doomed CEO, Tony Hayward, the oil spill has given politicians the opportunity to bond more closely with their constituents along the Gulf Coast.

“I’ve been busy trying to reassure people here that everything is going to be okay,” said Mayor Gayle Oberst, of Panama City Beach, Florida.

Mayor Gayle Oberst joins us to tell us how the oil disaster has fundamentally changed her job.

And Jonathan Martin, of Politico, tells us how the spill has put a host of politicians – from Billy Nungesser, president of Plaquemines Parish in suburban New Orleans to Bobby Jindal, governor of Lousianna – front and center in American politics. 

Guests:

Jonathan Martin and Mayor Gayle Oberst

Produced by:

Karin Kamp

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