BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter is supporting his fellow GOP state leader, Gov. Bobby Jindal, in his re-election bid -- in sharp contrast to Jindal's refusal to publicly back the scandal-plagued Vitter a year ago in his Senate race.
Vitter released an email to his supporters Wednesday announcing his Jindal endorsement. An advance copy of the letter was provided to The Associated Press by someone with close ties to the senator.
"I am strongly endorsing Bobby Jindal for governor. I hope you will join with me in doing everything we can to ensure a particularly strong victory for Bobby and our state," Vitter says in the email.
Jindal didn't endorse Vitter in his re-election effort last year against Democrat Charlie Melancon, an election that came three years after Vitter was tainted by a 2007 prostitution scandal. Vitter easily won a second term without the governor's backing.
While not effusive in his praise of the governor, Vitter's said Jindal is "honest and competent. He wants to make government leaner and smarter, not more bloated and intrusive. We must stay on this path."