Jefferson Losses Reelection and Louisiana Elects First Vietnamese-American to Congress

160px-william_jefferson_official_photocao_img1Nine-term Democratic Rep. William Jefferson has lost his reelection bid in a triumph for anti-corruption advocates. However, 47 percent of his district still wanted to send him back to Congress despite his well-earned indictment — almost the same percentage that wanted to send Sen. Ted Stevens back to Washington. The winner is Anh “Joseph” Cao, an attorney and community organizer, in the 2nd Congressional district. He will now be the first Vietnamese-American elected to Congress.

It is astonishing to see so many citizens will to go to the polls to cast such morally relativistic votes — ignoring compelling evidence of corrupt practices as somehow irrelevant to government service.

It is doubtful that the change in status of Jefferson will dampen the vigor of his prosecution. He achieved a certain international fame with the money in the freezer that will continue to make him a high-profile target. Moreover, the loss removes a bargaining chip for the defense. A classic deal has the indicted member agreeing to leave Congress and politics in exchange for a lower prison sentence. With the election, he loses badly needed income, a bargaining chip, and the benefits of his public office.

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8 thoughts on “Jefferson Losses Reelection and Louisiana Elects First Vietnamese-American to Congress”

  1. >The winner is Anh “Joseph” Cao, an attorney and community organizer…

    Gotta love the irony of that line.

  2. Everyone is better served by Congressman Jefferson removed from the House. Neither Democrat nor Republican should be immune to voters’ wrath and legal action when bribery is involved.

    I’ve noticed that “Mary” doesn’t answer questions, she just stops by, dumps her trash and moves on. We’ve seen this a couple of times before from previous right wing fringe element posters. Nonetheless, I pose this question to mary:

    Just how did the Democrats “…destroy(ed) this country in just two years…” when Senate Republicans have not allowed a single bit of legislation to move through that house which may have offered any change? The destruction was done before the Dems took over and the GOP has been effective in preventing any remedy. That’s why they were so serverly trounced in November.

    Americans know who ran this country into the ditch and all the lunatic “marys” on the right can profess whatever they choose, even they know conservatism has failed and has taken the country down with it. They know that Barack Obama and the Democrats are now the country’s only hope to save the nation. So, mary, sit down over there in the corner, STFU and let the adults fix your most recent mess.

  3. Despite mary’s misplaced glee, Cao may be a Republican but he is no stone head conservative. Here’s his bio from wiki:

    “He disembarked from his quest to become a Roman Catholic priest so that he could focus on lay ministry in assisting parishioners and others with his legal training and experience in immigration issues.

    The following year, he taught at a local parochial school in Virginia and volunteered at Boat People SOS (BPSOS), to assist Vietnamese refugees and immigrants and organizing Vietnamese American communities in their progress toward self-sufficiency. From September 1996 to March of 2002, he served as a board member of BPSOS.

    After some time with Waltzer & Associates he opened his own law practice, where he specializes in immigration law. His attention shifted to politics when he saw ineffective government response to Hurricane Katrina, and he soon became involved in leading New Orleans East residents in successfully opposing a landfill.”

    No friend of Bush or the neo-con crowd after Katrina, I suspect Cao will be what Bush claimed to be but proved otherwise–a compassionate conservative.

  4. Louisiana delivers GOP 2 seats in Congress

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Louisiana delivered the GOP two seats in Congress in what many believe is a watershed election for the direction of the economy and politics in America and signaling what could be a disaster for Democrats in 2010.

    Democratic U.S. Rep. William Jefferson was ousted Saturday from his New Orleans area district, while Republicans easily held on to the seat vacated by a retiring incumbent.

    The wins followed Republicans’ reconquest of another House seat earlier this fall that had been lost to Democrats.

    In the 2nd Congressional District, which includes most of New Orleans, Republican attorney Anh “Joseph” Cao won 58 percent of the vote to Jefferson’s 40 percent and will become the first Vietnamese-American in Congress.

    His only previous political experience was an unsuccessful 2007 bid for a seat in the state legislature.

  5. and so the blow back to idiot democrats having destroyed this country in just two years begins. Thank God Americans are waking up.

  6. I think a lot of people don’t pay attention to Congressional candidates. I know I never really paid attention until just a few years ago. Low-information voters just see the same name and vote.

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