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Joseph Cao: Louisiana’s Newest Congressman
RightPundits.com ^ | 12/07/08 | Ignatius Reilly

Posted on 12/07/2008 2:34:47 AM PST by uglybiker

In a stunning upset, Republican Ahn “Joseph” Cao, a Vietnamese immigrant with no political experience, has defeated Democratic incumbent William Jefferson for the U.S. House of Representative’s seat of the 2nd District of Lousiana.


Ahn Joseph Cao

Ahn “Joseph” Cao will represent the 2nd District of Lousiana in the new Congressional term after defeating William Jefferson. Cao, an immigration attorney, is a newcomer to politics and will be the first person of Vietnamese descent to become a representative in Congress. His opponent William Jefferson was plagued by allegations of corruption throughout his campaign and is currently facing federal indictments related to illegal funds received from Nigerian business interests. Jefferson became notorious in Louisiana after the FBI found $90,000 in cash allegedly received as bribes in his freezer.

Though Louisiana is often mocked as a rural backwater by liberals, the state has now elected the first Indian American governor and the first Vietnamese American Congressman. Both are Republicans. Way to go, Lousiana!

Biography of Joseph Cao

Ahn “Joseph” Cao, 41 was born in Saigon, in 1967. He fled Vietnam in 1975 with his mother and two siblings when he was eight years old, and came to America as a refugee. His father, a soldier in the South Vietnamese army, was captured and imprisoned by North Vietnamese Communist forces.

Despite a disadvantaged childhood in a refugee community, Cao excelled in academics and went on to study at Baylor University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Physics. He went on to receive a master’s degree in philosophy at Fordham University and considered studying to become a priest before entering law school at Loyola University, where he received a J.D. in 2000.

Since receiving his law degree, he has practiced immigration law. He has also served as a board member of Boat People SOS (BPSOS), a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering Vietnamese American communities.

He announced his candidacy for Congress in the 2nd District of Louisiana in 2008 against Democratic incumbent William Jefferson, who was hampered by allegations of corruption and barely won the Democratic primary. Despite being relatively unknown to most voters, Cao received the endorsements of Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal and many major Louisiana newspapers. He won the election on December 6, 2008, and will be the nation’s first Vietnamese American Congressman.

He is married to Hieu “Kate” Hoang, and has two daughters named Sophia and Betsy.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: 111th; asianamericans; bho2008; breaking; cao; jindal; la2008; neworleans; obamatransitionfile; peterson

1 posted on 12/07/2008 2:34:47 AM PST by uglybiker
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To: uglybiker

Blockbuster!!!! Awesome post!!!!


2 posted on 12/07/2008 2:38:34 AM PST by Fred (The Democrat Party is the Nadir of Nihilism and BO is a WHINING marxist)
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To: Fred

cool


3 posted on 12/07/2008 2:39:13 AM PST by 4rcane
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To: holdonnow

ping


4 posted on 12/07/2008 2:42:26 AM PST by AliVeritas (Pray, Pray, Pray)
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To: uglybiker

An Indian-American governor. A Vietnamese-American congressman. In the deep deep South.

Man, these Republicans are the lily-white party of country club racism, ain’t they?


5 posted on 12/07/2008 2:42:26 AM PST by Norman Conquest (My old man taught me two things: Mind own business, and always cut cards.)
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To: uglybiker
Caos Do Fly, At Least In New Orleans - Hotline
6 posted on 12/07/2008 2:45:07 AM PST by Fred (The Democrat Party is the Nadir of Nihilism and BO is a WHINING marxist)
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To: uglybiker

What delightful news.


7 posted on 12/07/2008 2:51:07 AM PST by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: uglybiker

One small step at a time


8 posted on 12/07/2008 2:52:03 AM PST by ComputerGuy (not my real name)
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To: uglybiker
Let's hope he is a true conservative. It has been my experience that the Vietnamese immigrants, like many of the Russians, have a greater appreciation for American liberty and traditions than most liberal Americans whose roots may go back 200 years in this country.
9 posted on 12/07/2008 3:00:57 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Abortion has become little more than the New Left's execution of political prisoners.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

I was shocked to read this thread this morning.

He apparently received a decent percentage of the black vote in the district. Evidently, district residents had finally tired of “Cold Cash” Jefferson.


10 posted on 12/07/2008 3:39:29 AM PST by Comparative Advantage
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

Ditto!


11 posted on 12/07/2008 3:56:19 AM PST by Islander7 (This Atlas is shrugging! ~ I am Joe!)
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To: Comparative Advantage

I was shocked ...

I was too! Kinda restores my faith in my fellow voters....just a little!


12 posted on 12/07/2008 4:05:55 AM PST by FES0844 (FES0844)
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To: Norman Conquest

“lily-white party of country club racism”
Hey, if one actually is honest, works and educates themself to get where they are, they will always be considered white by the something for nothing bunch.


13 posted on 12/07/2008 4:08:46 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: uglybiker

WOW!!!!!!!

I live 1 hour N of NO and am shocked by this great news!

I’m in another dist. and thought/heard Jefferson was a shoe in.

What great news to start this Sunday!

LOL hope there is a BIG margin so no thoughts of a recount


14 posted on 12/07/2008 4:35:25 AM PST by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available FREE at KnightsForLife.org)
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To: uglybiker

I am very glad to see that the Viet Kieu won but his name is ANH CAO not Ahn! AHN is not Vietnamese formulation at all. Ever.


15 posted on 12/07/2008 4:43:57 AM PST by ThanhPhero (di hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: uglybiker

Wonder if Congressman Elect Cao has received a congratulatory call from “President Elect” ?????


16 posted on 12/07/2008 4:47:55 AM PST by OBXWanderer (www.dontvoterino.com)
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To: uglybiker

Woo-Hoo!! Way to go Louisiana!


17 posted on 12/07/2008 4:49:41 AM PST by ElayneJ
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To: uglybiker
Every time I read about the Vietnamese who came here with nothing more than the clothes on their backs and worked and studied hard to become productive citizens of this great country, I can't help but think also about all the whiny cry-babies, born and raised here, complaining ad nauseum that were it not for racism and (in their opinion) the lack of governmental and charitable programs to do everything for them but wipe their butts after a BM, they'd be productive citizens also.

Alas, they demand more and more handouts which apparently we don't give them enough of, so they continue to have umpteen babies by umpteen different fathers and sell drugs and kill each other and innocent children.

18 posted on 12/07/2008 5:03:39 AM PST by 3catsanadog (I plan to give the new President the same respect and dignity the other side gave Bush.)
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To: uglybiker

Both Catholics also. Congrats to the people of LA for kicking out the trash Jefferson.....now on to PRISON.


19 posted on 12/07/2008 5:16:01 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience)
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To: uglybiker

Congratulations Congressman Cao!

20 posted on 12/07/2008 5:38:10 AM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin - Everything that is Sweetness and Light! WE STAND WITH HER!)
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To: SolidWood

bttt


21 posted on 12/07/2008 5:48:41 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: Comparative Advantage

Unfortunately, check the precinct stats. IN more than 100 precincts, Jefferson got over 91%, mostly 95+, so Cao got very little black vote. Cao was elected by an overwhelming white vote (40 precincts with 90+%!), and a very low black turnout. There were 150K votes in the Dem “primary” on Nov 4, and now Jefferson gets only 33K.


22 posted on 12/07/2008 6:12:55 AM PST by BohDaThone
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To: BohDaThone

Interesting statistics, but bottom line, Jefferson lost. I wonder if the small black vote turnout was a decision of many not to support his re-election by not voting? Oh well.


23 posted on 12/07/2008 6:20:09 AM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead (3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87))
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To: BohDaThone
There were 150K votes in the Dem “primary” on Nov 4, and now Jefferson gets only 33K.

Which explains the importance of "knock and drag" get-out-the-vote efforts in the inner cities, in which Democrats tell people that "the Republicans are going to bring back slavery."

24 posted on 12/07/2008 7:39:55 AM PST by denydenydeny ("Banish Merry Christmas. Get ready for Mad Max.."-Daniel Henninger)
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To: BohDaThone
Unfortunately, check the precinct stats. IN more than 100 precincts, Jefferson got over 91%, mostly 95+, so Cao got very little black vote. Cao was elected by an overwhelming white vote (40 precincts with 90+%!), and a very low black turnout. There were 150K votes in the Dem “primary” on Nov 4, and now Jefferson gets only 33K.

Race doesn't seem to be a factor nowadays with American voters... with one exception.

+90% vote for Jefferson is pretty embarrassing.

25 posted on 12/07/2008 8:46:34 AM PST by FreeReign
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To: uglybiker

Great, but is this guy another RINO?


26 posted on 12/07/2008 9:18:13 AM PST by quesney
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To: uglybiker

This is great for the “party” but...this guy is an immigration attorney. I think we may have traded worse for bad.

I’ll shut up now...LOL


27 posted on 12/07/2008 10:02:39 AM PST by papasmurf (Impeach the illegal bastard!)
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To: BohDaThone

Further proof that low turnout favors the GOP.

I have always argued low turnout is a good sign in a republic.


28 posted on 12/07/2008 10:04:36 AM PST by Boiling Pots (Anthony Kennedy: The 2nd most important person in Government 2009-2013. Pray for his good health.)
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To: BohDaThone

Wow, those numbers suggest that Cao will be a one-term Congressman if the Demagogues get their act together enough to run a candidate for 2010 who can turn out a decent % of black voters to the polls.

Ah, well, it’s still a great victory and I hope it launches Cao to other opportunities even if he can’t hold that seat..... assuming he is reasonably conservative, and not a RINO I wouldn’t care for.


29 posted on 12/07/2008 10:28:10 AM PST by Enchante (Countless Innocents in Mumbai, India Suffer the "Religion of Peace" in Action)
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To: GreyFriar

They learn by their mistakes. They forgot to call ACORN in. Bus voters to the polls. Give out free stuff.

Be prepared for more next time.

They’re already putting all their “people” in place so it’s going to be a hugh hill
to climb and I hope we’ll have what it takes to get back our country come next election.


30 posted on 12/07/2008 10:28:39 AM PST by TribalPrincess2U (Dirty Dems at their best is always the worse.)
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To: papasmurf; quesney; 3catsanadog
Great, but is this guy another RINO?

This is great for the “party” but...this guy is an immigration attorney. I think we may have traded worse for bad.

See post #18.

31 posted on 12/07/2008 10:29:28 AM PST by uglybiker (1f u c4n r34d th1s u r34lly n33d 2 g3t l41d)
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To: 3catsanadog

I don’t understand how this relates to my post. Are you calling my comments racist?


32 posted on 12/07/2008 11:10:09 AM PST by papasmurf (Impeach the illegal bastard!)
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To: ThanhPhero

Just curious, what does “Viet Kieu” mean?


33 posted on 12/07/2008 11:29:11 AM PST by oblomov
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To: papasmurf
No and I wasn't posting specifically to you or anything you said, just pointing out what I observe in general in this country. That we are the land of opportunity and that people like the Vietnamese who came here in the 70's, basically penniless, have made remarkable progress.

As opposed to many here who have countless means to better themselves and won't.

My apologies if I made you feel attacked. No harm intended.

34 posted on 12/07/2008 1:14:21 PM PST by 3catsanadog (I plan to give the new President the same respect and dignity the other side gave Bush.)
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To: quesney

He’s Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, and for low taxes and is an unapologetic Catholic.


35 posted on 12/07/2008 2:17:39 PM PST by Def Conservative (Palin, Jindal, Pence, Sanford, Steele= the new GOP...out with the old)
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To: uglybiker

Hopefully, he will not be a disappoinment to Republicans as Tim Mahoney was to Democrats.


36 posted on 12/07/2008 2:18:17 PM PST by dbz77
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To: 3catsanadog

OK, no harm no foul.

Please do remember, though, that Political Asylees and others who came via other than through the normal visa process, were eligible for various resettlement assistance and monies.

So that you know, I have zero issues with those who have been a friend and, especially, those who have put their lives and their families lives at risk for us, receiving out Nations gratitude in this manner. I’ve witnessed it, first hand, in action. I appreciate them, and our Government for recognizing their contributions.


37 posted on 12/07/2008 2:24:20 PM PST by papasmurf (Impeach the illegal bastard!)
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To: GreyFriar

I could also be that many Jefferson supporters did not know about the Dec. 7 contest but thought Nov. 4 settled it all. They could organize and demand a new election in which they are informed where and when to vote.


38 posted on 12/07/2008 2:52:47 PM PST by Theodore R. (The most frightening words in the English language: The American people!)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

Cao soounds like a conservativ and Christian - he worked with the poor - and I believe that gave him credibility with the blacks also:

“Anh “Joseph” Quang Cao, 41, was born in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam, the fifth of eight children. . . At the age of eight, Joseph and two of his seven siblings arrived in the United States . . .in 1990 earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

After graduation, Joseph entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), finally arriving in Louisiana for the first time to begin his religious training at Grand Coteau. During his first two years in the Society, Joseph was sent by his religious superiors to various parts of the world to minister to the poor and indigent. Joseph was then sent to New Orleans in 1992 to study theology and philosophy, furthering his training for the priesthood.

He subsequently was accepted to Fordham University in New York, where he earned his Master of Arts degree in philosophy in May 1995. He returned to New Orleans to teach philosophy and ethics at Loyola University. The following year, Joseph left the Society of Jesus and taught at a local parochial school in Virginia.

While in Virginia, Joseph volunteered at Boat People S.O.S., Inc. (BPSOS) to assist poor Vietnamese in their quest for social justice and enculturation and to lobby the U.S. Congress on issues concerning civil and religious rights. He eventually became a board member of BPSOS and served in that capacity from September 1996 to March of 2002. . .

He left Waltzer & Associates to become in-house counsel for BPSOS, opening a New Orleans office seeking social and legal equity for the many refugees in the city. During his time as BPSOS in-house counsel, Joseph initiated programs to help victims of torture and to provide social and cultural developments for poor minorities.


39 posted on 12/07/2008 3:11:11 PM PST by Anita1 ("The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke)
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To: uglybiker

As long as he isn’t like the Caos from The Three Kingdoms.

All jokes aside, this is a great development.


40 posted on 12/07/2008 6:17:31 PM PST by PVT4evr (No Quarter for enemies, Foreign and Domestic (Operation Iraqi Freedom 2007-2008 3rd Infantry))
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To: Fred

How come the Secretary of States office has different results posted?

U. S. Representative, 2nd Congressional District
392 of 392 precincts reporting
Click here for Results by Precinct
23,197 50.74% William J. Jefferson, D -
1,724 3.77% Malik Rahim, G -
373 .82% Gregory W. Kahn, L -
20,426 44.68% Anh “Joseph” Cao, R -

Link


41 posted on 12/07/2008 7:14:51 PM PST by Pikachu_Dad
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To: Anita1
Thanks for the information. But his resume reads like that of a Democrat, IMHO.
42 posted on 12/08/2008 5:13:37 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Abortion has become little more than the New Left's execution of political prisoners.)
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To: uglybiker

Now, THAT’S the America I love!!!


43 posted on 12/08/2008 6:38:12 AM PST by ScottinVA (Gloucester County, VA -- Standing for America! 63% for McCain-Palin on 4 Nov)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

Well, if we’ve learned anything from Obama, it’s that all you really need to do to get elected is blabber on about hope and change.


44 posted on 12/08/2008 7:02:30 AM PST by ksm1
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To: 3catsanadog
My daughter's Korean Tae Kwon Do instructor came to America with the clothes on his back, $50.00 in his pocket, and he didn't even speak English.

He owned three active studios before he cut back to one--he considers himself retired now.

45 posted on 12/08/2008 6:40:02 PM PST by pray4liberty (Always vote for life!)
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To: uglybiker

The one problem I have with his election is he is another lawyer; and an immigration one at that.


46 posted on 12/08/2008 10:04:39 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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