Skip to comments.Recall Effort Launched Against Congressman Cao(New Orleans)
Posted on 02/18/2009 9:19:33 AM PST by BBell
Ministers in New Orleans kick off recall campaign
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
A group of black ministers in New Orleans is kicking off a campaign to recall newly elected 2nd District Congressman Joseph Cao.
An organization called the Louisiana Ministerial Alliance of Churches says it will file papers with the Secretary of State to begin the process of seeking the signatures needed to force a recall election.
The group is upset over Cao's two votes against an economic stimulus package which Cao said would mean little in terms of job creation to his district. Cao joined fellow GOP members of the House in voting against a House proposal and the final version of the package.
The ministers claim Cao may have "irreparably harmed" the ability of those in the district from seeking continued assistance from the federal government. In a written statement, they also described his votes as "ridiculous."
The chairman of the recall committee is Minister Aubry Wallace.
Secretary of State Jay Dardenne tells 99.5fm that his office has yet to receive the paperwork from the group. When filed, Dardenne says the recall organizers will have 180 days from the date of filing to collect the signatures of just over 101,000 voters in the district.
The organization has called a Thursday morning news conference to discuss the effort.
New Orleans has quite a few "ministers" that need their tax exempt status pulled. It won't happen though.
Constitutionally, one may not recall a member of the House or the Senate, regardless of the state law on point. The Constitution is the sole source of the terms, qualifications and mechanisms for removal for these officials.
This is a publicity stunt.
is anyone really surprised by this? I only hope that the signatures are verified properly (yeah right when pigs fly).
The constituents of LA district 2 are bottom of the barrel, or cream of the cesspool, either way, they are scum.
so... they want to recall him for voting against “The One”?? is that an impeachable offense yet?
I can only imagine what sort of “jobs” that are in the Porkulus plan for the types represented by those “ministers”.
Next hurricane, New Orleans, just swim and let those of us capable of doing real work alone.
The stimulus bill became law, despite Cao’s vote against it. So he has the perfect counter argument: “Give the stimulus bill time to fail, before deciding I’ve done anything worthy of being recalled from office. So far, it would appear the markets agree with my position.”
We've long suspected it's this bad of course.
I don’t think you can recall a Federal office holder. I know for sure you cannot recall a Senator. I think the best you can do is a referendum aka a no confidence vote and then convince the body - Senate or House - to expel the member with that vote as the justification. I doubt the Congresscritters would go for that, though, because the precedent would also apply to them and you can bet your bottom dollar that FR would have the necessary petitions up in a heartbeat for a whole bunch of those jackals.
sounds like the integration of church and state
wonder what these doofuses would do if catholics demanded recall of every politician who voted to fund abortion with tax money
The residents of NO have plenty of time to do such a protest and recall effort ... it’s not like they are actually contributing to society.
“wrong demographic”= black.
I can’t wait to hear what they have to say when they get wind of Jindal toying with the idea of turning down the $$$
He may not be a one term congressman. There is a district next to him that is represented by a ‘rat. He might move next door and run against him. Of course it would be an uphill race. But, he definitely cannot be reelected from this district.
Of course it is! Anyone who is not a white male simply MUST vote and support That One. It’s simple logic, really...
Setting aside how ridiculous this effort is on substance,
I thought congresscritters were not subject to recall. They can be expelled by the House itself, or possibly impeached-then-convicted (although the impeach-ability of a congresscritter remains an unsettled question).
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