“The Republican leadership did NOT apply extreme pressure!”

February 20, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Posted in House of Representatives, politics straight up | 1 Comment
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Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

Ahn "Joseph" Cao celebrates with his wife, Hieu “Kate” Hoang, and their 4-year-old daughter, Betsy (photo credit: Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

Back on December 9, 2008 I predicted that newly-elected Representative for Louisiana, Anh “Joseph” Cao, who unseated
William “Dollar Bill” Jefferson, would not satisfy the the lunatics who have taken over the GOP asylum.

Rep. Cao may already be regretting his party affiliation.

Cao voted against what he understood were his district’s best interests on January 28, 2008.

(NOLA.com) Cao said that the Republican leadership did not apply extreme pressure.

“The leadership wanted me to vote no, but they gave me freedom to vote for the needs of my district and this bill does not address the needs of the district,” Cao said.

Immediately after the vote, U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., the Republican whip, said he had talked to Cao regularly, including the last 24 hours.

“Mr. Cao is a terrific representative and voice for the people that elected him,” Cantor said. “I think he understands that even in a district as challenged in terms of the economy as his, that was devastated by the hurricanes, by Katrina, even in his district that polls indicate that 55 percent of people are against this bill.”

On February 12 Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao (R-La.) told reporters he was likely to vote for the economic stimulus package despite his vote against it on January 28:

(NOLA.com) “I’m voting along what my conscience dictates and the needs of the 2nd Congressional District dictate, even if I were to be the only member of the GOP to vote for the stimulus package,” he said.

“Even though it is going to be a humongous bill, even though we will be in debt for years, I believe that more likely than not, I will vote for it because the 2nd Congressional District needs a stimulus package.”

According to Mr. Cao, his change of heart occurred because he “decided the benefits of the bill for his district did not outweigh his personal misgivings about the burden of debt the nation would incur.”

You don’t suppose his no vote was influenced by Republican chief deputy whip, California Rep. Kevin O. McCarthy, standing near Cao during the entire vote, do you?

A group of ministers in New Orleans have begun an effort to have him recalled. Its success is said to be unlikely but Norman Ornstein, a congressional scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, said Cao’s hopes for winning a second term depended on “people in the district identifying him as a thoroughly independent person who is not in the thrall of the Republican leadership. Now anyone running against him can say, ‘He’s a Republican mouthpiece.’ ”

When the AEI thinks you’ve taken adherence to the Republican party line too far, you know you’re in trouble.

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  1. Lol at the mention of AEI, be careful not to out-conservative the “liberals mugged by reality”. In this same sense, I hate that Rahm is supposedly one of the greats in the ‘democratic leadership’ but fought hard to make antiwar democrats lose in 2006. Neocon doctrine is cutthroat.


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