Nathan Stubbs

Hell freezes over: Moon Griffon no longer Republican

by Nathan Stubbs

Conservative radio talk show host Moon Griffon, who’s built a statewide radio empire as Louisiana’s redneck answer to Rush Limbaugh, has left the Republican Party. The Advocate reports that Griffon has re-registered as a "no party" voter. Ironically, the man many national commentators are pointing to as a potential savior for the Republican Party, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, appears to be the reason behind Griffon’s defection. “My frustration with Bobby Jindal is that he is not being a conservative,” Griffon told the paper, citing Jindal’s 11th-hour capitulation on vetoing legislative pay raises and repealing the Stelly tax -- issues Griffon believes the governor should be leading on.

Griffon was a champion of Jindal's throughout his 2007 campaign for governor. More recently, the Monroe-based political commentator was a vocal proponent of Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy’s failed bid for U.S. Senate. Prior to last Tuesday’s election, Griffon was on the airwaves labeling Kennedy’s opponent, Sen. Mary Landrieu, a socialist. Griffon is celebrating 10 years on the air with “The Moon Griffon Show.” He will be at the Petroleum Club in Lafayette tomorrow for a celebratory roast in his honor, hosted by 105.1 KPEL and benefitting LA Honor Air. The lineup of roasters includes former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel, and state Sens. Mike Michot, Troy Hebert and Nick Gautreaux.