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  • Cao Gives GOP a Big Excited Boehner

    Over the weekend, Louisianans voted out scandal-ridden Democrat William Jefferson, making GOP challenger Anh "Joseph" Cao the first Vietnamese-American elected to Congress.

    [House Minority Leader] Boehner touted Cao as a symbol of the party’s future in a memo Sunday night.

    In a release titled “The Future is Cao,” Boehner wrote that “the Cao victory is a symbol of what can be achieved when we think big, present a positive alternative and win the trust of the American people.”

    So where did this guy come from anyway?

    Cao came to the United States as an 8-year-old Vietnam War refugee, after his mother bundled him in a military transport plane with his siblings as Saigon fell during the spring of 1975.

    Raised in Houston by an uncle, he earned degrees from Baylor University, Fordham University and Loyola University New Orleans. The converted Jesuit and onetime seminarian settled in New Orleans, setting up a law practice advocating for the city’s Vietnamese community.

    After Hurricane Katrina, Cao’s rebuilt law office became a hub for community organizing and assistance to hurricane victims.

    Reached for comment, fellow Republican Sarah Palin said, "I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities."

    Tags: Anh "Joseph" Cao, House of Representatives, John Boehner, Louisiana, William Jefferson
  • Time to Re-Elect the Crook in Louisiana

    They always do things a little slower Down South. Whether it's integrating the schools, modernizing the economy, or just plain rising again, things seem to have a way of being put off 'til later.

    That said, with Election Day a month away, it's now high time Louisiana got around to having some primaries. And tomorrow, October 4th, seemed as good a day as any.

    To be fair, elections were scheduled for a month ago, but Hurricane Gustav decided to blow through the state, thus affording valuable prep time to indicted U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, who against all odds, is running yet again

    If ever there was a campaign that needed a few thousand of those "Vote for the crook — it's important" bumper stickers, this must be it. But here we are, on the eve of the Democratic primary, and Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, is running in the unlikely guise of an innocent man.

    At the time of his latest disclosure report, Jefferson had $106,000 in his campaign account.

    While that is a relatively trifling amount — he would have stuffed it in the freezer without a thought in palmier days — it has enabled him to crank up the advertising at the last minute.

    Louisiana's voters will take a major risk re-electing a man who is embroiled in the blood-diamond trade, family payoffs and $90,000 worth of frozen cash, and could be sent to jail in the middle of his term.

    But that's assuming he ever goes to trial. Given the pace of everything else in Louisiana, the South may rise again before any court date comes.

    Tags: House of Representatives, Louisiana, William Jefferson
  • Which Maverick VP Candidate Has Been Shilling For Indicted Sen. Ted Stevens? (Hint: It's Not Joe Biden)

    Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has only been on the national scene for 5 days, but it’s already clear that she's a Maverick with a capital M. We've learned that she launched an ethics probe against the state GOP chairman and backed her Lieutenant Governor in his race against notoriously corrupt Rep. Don Young. Clearly we’re dealing with an independent mind.

    So then what the hell was this Maverick doing when she served as director of a 527 group for indicted Senator Ted Stevens?

    And while we're at it, why did her website feature a video of Stevens endorsing her up through last week?

    Could it be because she’d been hitting up Stevens and his Senate Appropriations Committee for $27 million worth of federal pork projects for her hometown of Wasilla, population 8.471?  Or because she’s now asking Stevens for another $197.8 million in federal earmarks in next year's federal budget?

    Or maybe it’s just that, as a fellow Alaska Republican, it’s Palin’s duty to stand tall with Stevens as he awaits trial. But historical precedent suggests otherwise…

    You didn't see ex-Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco defending fellow Democrat William Jefferson when the latter was found to be hoarding $90,000 worth of bribe money in a freezer. And unless we missed it, Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter certainly hasn’t been performing restroom blowjobs to show solidarity with Sen. Larry Craig.

    But I guess ignoring precedents is what made Palin a Maverick to being with.

    Tags: Butch Otter, Don Young, Idaho, Joe Biden, Larry Craig, Louisiana, RNC, Sarah Palin, Ted Stevens, William Jefferson