On Saturday, new of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death broke. Louisiana’s top elected leaders reacted to the judge’s passing with a mix of mourning and lots of the reverence that one would expect form the conservative delegation. Oh yeah, and Bobby Jindal weighed in with some political alarmism.
Governor John Bel Edwards took a moment away from the budget crisis to issue a statement expressing his sympathy. "For nearly 30 years, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia served the people of this country honorably. Donna and I extend our heartfelt condolences to his family for their loss, and we thank them for sharing him with the rest of the country during some of the greatest legal challenges in a generation.”
David Vitter posted about his personal experiences with Scalia on Facebook. “Justice Scalia was a brilliant jurist who truly understood and respected the Constitution, exactly what we need far more of from our judges and other public officials. I was honored to have visited with him on several occasions. He'll be sorely missed.”
Bill Cassidy also took to Facebook, writing, “Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was a leader, a protector of our constitutional rights. His influence on our country will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Bobby Jindal seemed to have forgotten that his presidential bid is over. He used Twitter to call for a Senate block of Obama’s nominee. “Today we lost the greatest judicial mind most of us have ever known. Every Republican must right now pledge that we will not allow this President to replace Justice Scalia with a left-wing ideologue. We have a majority in the Senate – we better use it.”