- The Washington Times - Monday, February 9, 2015

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Monday that liberals are running out of ideas after a light-skinned portrait of the Republican received criticism on Twitter.

“I think the left is devoid of ideas, and unfortunately this is what they’ve resorted to — name-calling, going back to dividing people by the color of their skin,” he said at a press briefing sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, The Hill reported.

“This is nonsense. We’re all Americans,” he added.

The portrait in question became news after Louisiana political blogger Lamar White Jr. tweeted a photo incorrectly identifying the painting as Mr. Jindal’s official portrait, The Hill reported.

Mr. Jindal’s chief of staff, Kyle Plotkin, later issued a tweet correcting the blogger that the unofficial portrait was on loan from a constituent, writing sarcastically, “Thx 4 ur race-baiting tweet.”

“The painting is owned by a constituent,” Mr. Jindal explained Monday. “I don’t think I’ve ever met the artist.”

Regardless, the governor said he has bigger fish to fry than to sift through tweets and petty criticism.

“I actually have a state to run. I have a day job. I have three kids at home that I help my wife raise,” he said.

At one point in the discussion, Mr. Jindal channeled comedian Richard Pryor in the 1989 film, “See No Evil, Hear No Evil.”

“You mean I’m not white?” the Republican joked.

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