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Recall Effort Launched Against Congressman Cao(New Orleans)
WRNO 99.5 Rush Radio ^ | February 18, 2009

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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: blackchurch; cao; dncfalseprophets; falseprophets; louisiana; neworleans; recall
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I've said it before, this guy is a one termer. He could walk on water and bring thousands of jobs to NOLA but he is from the wrong demographic. He may not make one term.

New Orleans has quite a few "ministers" that need their tax exempt status pulled. It won't happen though.

1 posted on 02/18/2009 9:19:33 AM PST by BBell
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To: BBell

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.


2 posted on 02/18/2009 9:22:06 AM PST by calif_reaganite
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To: BBell

is anyone really surprised by this? I only hope that the signatures are verified properly (yeah right when pigs fly).


3 posted on 02/18/2009 9:22:49 AM PST by txnativegop (God Bless America! (NRA-Endowment))
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To: BBell

The constituents of LA district 2 are bottom of the barrel, or cream of the cesspool, either way, they are scum.


4 posted on 02/18/2009 9:23:34 AM PST by lormand (...somewhere in Illinois, a village has lost it's marxist community organizer.)
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To: BBell

so... they want to recall him for voting against “The One”?? is that an impeachable offense yet?


5 posted on 02/18/2009 9:23:45 AM PST by Mr. K (physically unable to proofreed (<---oops))
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To: BBell

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.


6 posted on 02/18/2009 9:23:49 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: BBell

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.”


7 posted on 02/18/2009 9:23:56 AM PST by sourcery (Beware The Obama-nable Snow-job Man)
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To: calif_reaganite
Or, it may simply demonstrate how utterly ignorant Louisiana's Democrats are.

We've long suspected it's this bad of course.

8 posted on 02/18/2009 9:24:12 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: BBell

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.


9 posted on 02/18/2009 9:24:33 AM PST by NonValueAdded (May God save America from its government; this is no time for Obamateurs)
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To: BBell

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


10 posted on 02/18/2009 9:24:41 AM PST by silverleaf ("Men are not angered by mere misfortune but by misfortune conceived as injury" - Screwtape)
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To: txnativegop
Well you have to take in consideration where Cao is. A lot of the names may sound fake and made up but they could be legit if you know what I mean.
11 posted on 02/18/2009 9:24:47 AM PST by BBell
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To: BBell

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.


12 posted on 02/18/2009 9:25:51 AM PST by mgc1122
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To: BBell

“wrong demographic”= black.


13 posted on 02/18/2009 9:27:25 AM PST by shankbear (Al-Qaeda grew while Monica blew)
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To: muawiyah
Not all of Louisiana's Democrats are ignorant. Democrats out number republicans in Louisiana but it is a reliably red state. Bambi only got like 38 or 39 percent of the vote here. You have a lot of old dems here who vote conservatively, they just have never changed their party affiliation.
14 posted on 02/18/2009 9:28:23 AM PST by BBell
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To: BBell

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 $$$


15 posted on 02/18/2009 9:28:32 AM PST by digger48
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To: BBell

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.


16 posted on 02/18/2009 9:30:15 AM PST by bilhosty (Welcome to Eat the Press)
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To: digger48
Nagin has already said that he will take any money the state doesn't want.
17 posted on 02/18/2009 9:30:22 AM PST by BBell
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To: Mr. K

Of course it is! Anyone who is not a white male simply MUST vote and support That One. It’s simple logic, really...


18 posted on 02/18/2009 9:31:33 AM PST by PugetSoundSoldier (Indignation over the sting of truth is the defense of the indefensible)
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To: BBell
Sounds like a suit to remove their tax-exempt status is in order. If I were Cao, I find someone to take it there. And why no recall for Rep. Jefferson when he was found with all that cold hard cash?
19 posted on 02/18/2009 9:35:48 AM PST by hometoroost (Put not your trust in princes...in whom there is no help...happy is he whose hope is in the Lord.)
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To: BBell

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).


20 posted on 02/18/2009 9:36:41 AM PST by pogo101
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To: BBell
You have a lot of old dems here who vote conservatively, they just have never changed their party affiliation.

Actually, you still have a bunch of conservative people there who, in order to have the best shot at eliminating the worst candidates, are registered as Democrats. They've no intention of changing their registration status - they know exactly what they're doing.

In some places, "Operation Chaos" has been going on for decades.

21 posted on 02/18/2009 9:36:58 AM PST by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: BBell

Bunch of racists.

What do they have against the Vietnamese, anyway?


22 posted on 02/18/2009 9:37:39 AM PST by alloysteel (The term "Islam" does not mean "peace", it means "gaining serenity through surrender".)
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To: silverleaf

Integration? Bah.

Reparations and extortion under the guise of ministry. These rascals will have to account to God one day.

These folks indeed preach ‘the gospel of envy’ and are bigots.


23 posted on 02/18/2009 9:38:21 AM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: hometoroost
The so called “ministers” weld much more power then Cao could ever hope to have. It's sad.
24 posted on 02/18/2009 9:38:50 AM PST by BBell
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To: silverleaf

Tax exempt organizations are not allowed to participate in, let alone lead, overt political activities. In practice it seems this applies only to conservative groups. Going after liberal, minority organizations gets you the racist tag.


25 posted on 02/18/2009 9:38:55 AM PST by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: BBell
Nagin has already said that he will take any money the state doesn't want.

I believe Obama has another, separate pile of "federal aid" (Welfare 2.0) in mind for the "Katrina Zone". Don't know if that or the Porkulus funds can actually be routed directly to the city, though. It *is* a "political subdivision of the State of Louisiana", whether Nagin likes it or not. Perhaps Orleans Parish should secede (I'd drive down to help build the border wall).

26 posted on 02/18/2009 9:42:04 AM PST by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: BBell

I live in Cao’s district. People are very against the pork bill. Even the liberals. Probably it’s just the minority community upset. We have a community forum. The recount rules are too hard. They are just doing this for attention.


27 posted on 02/18/2009 9:43:08 AM PST by sazerac
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To: BBell

“The group is upset over Cao’s two votes”

Upset because of recent votes not in favor of his constiutency?

If this suit works, we’ve got Specter lined up next in the chute.


28 posted on 02/18/2009 9:43:08 AM PST by LoveUSA (I have seen the future and it is Sarah Palin.)
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To: BBell

It is time the right starts playing hardball, like the left has been for a couple decades. Go for the jugular. Go after Acorn, churches involved in politics, destroy reputations, etc. It is the Washington way...but only being played by one side.


29 posted on 02/18/2009 9:43:21 AM PST by ilgipper
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To: BBell
An organization called the Louisiana Ministerial Alliance of Churches

An organization by a different race would be classified as a secret society that wears sheets.

30 posted on 02/18/2009 9:43:26 AM PST by oyez (People! You're being pimped!)
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To: BBell

Cao has hot wife.


31 posted on 02/18/2009 9:48:40 AM PST by wardaddy (I'm for Sarah. Nuff said, you either get it or you don't.)
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To: BBell
A truly racist action against a Yellow Man!

The National Aassociation of All Albinos, (NAAA!) supports all people of color!

32 posted on 02/18/2009 9:52:46 AM PST by Young Werther (Julius Caesar (Quae Cum Ita Sunt. Since these things are so.))
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To: txnativegop

I’m sure my mother and father, who have been dead for quite a while, have signed the petition.


33 posted on 02/18/2009 9:57:56 AM PST by murron (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: BBell
“recall newly elected 2nd District Congressman Joseph Cao . . . The group is upset over Cao’s two votes against an economic stimulus package . . . .”

Yeah, that's a deep theological and moral issue that a bunch of “ministers” needs to weigh in on.

34 posted on 02/18/2009 9:58:10 AM PST by SharpRightTurn
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To: Mr. K
so... they want to recall him for voting against “The One”?? is that an impeachable offense yet?

Right now it's just a "faux pas, "to use a bit of French lingo.

Give congress a little more time. They have to pass the " Hush Rush "legislation first, then outlaw any political opposition, a la Chavez in Venezuela.
35 posted on 02/18/2009 9:58:43 AM PST by RedMonqey (History writes the best satire and the worst tragedies.)
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To: BBell

We’re not talking about the whole state of Louisiana. Cao’s district is mostly the greater New Orleans area.


36 posted on 02/18/2009 10:00:06 AM PST by murron (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: BBell

The guy studied for the priesthood—so there’s another strike against him from the “ministries”.

Cao should be meeting with the Pope. He seems to be an actual Catholic politician.


37 posted on 02/18/2009 10:01:13 AM PST by mikey_hates_everything
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To: pogo101
"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). "

You are right on the money. Congressman, nor Senators for that matter, enjoy the same sovereign immunity as the President. So, they can be indicted, tried and convicted in a criminal state or federal court.

As for removal from office, the Senate's rules are very well-defined. The House's are as well, and in fact it's a little easire to expel a sitting Congressman. Just ask Jim Trafficant, former Dem Rep from Ohio. The Code of Conduct for a Congressman is very clearly defined in the Congressional by-laws. However, only the US Congress can remove a Representative.

Representatives are not subject to recall of any kind.

38 posted on 02/18/2009 10:01:21 AM PST by Big_Monkey
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To: BBell

Ministers who worship the government as god. They look to the government to meet all their needs and solve all their problems. They are ministers of hell.


39 posted on 02/18/2009 10:02:09 AM PST by all the best
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To: NonValueAdded
I don’t think you can recall a Federal office holder.

Not like these fools are doing. One basically has to commit treason to be removed from national office. Heck, even common offensives like bribery are hard cases to remove and keep these people out of office in "protected" districts/
40 posted on 02/18/2009 10:03:32 AM PST by RedMonqey (History writes the best satire and the worst tragedies.)
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To: RedMonqey

Isn’t it ironic that the Senate might go after Burris for perjury? And here I thought they said that was OK.


41 posted on 02/18/2009 10:12:25 AM PST by NonValueAdded (May God save America from its government; this is no time for Obamateurs)
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To: BBell

They allege that the district has been irreparably harmed in being able to seek continuing assistance (welfare) from the federal government? I’m laughing.

Let’s see: A) The pork bill passed - lots of pork to be had by the ministers. b) NOLA has been and will always be a big receiver of welfare. No worries, gents. The gravy train will never stop for your city - even if the budget were slashed to the bone.


42 posted on 02/18/2009 10:18:09 AM PST by keepitreal (Obama brings change: an international crisis (terrorism) within 6 months)
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To: BBell

Who did he replace?


43 posted on 02/18/2009 10:23:09 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: BBell
"irreparably harmed" the ability of those in the district from seeking continued assistance from the federal government

How much more 'assistance' does one need 'from the federal government'?!

New Orleans Levee Repair Price Tag Triples

previously estimated at $3.5 billion. Now it will cost $9.5 billion if insurance-certified levees are built to protect the entire New Orleans region

Congress has already approved $122 billion in spending

Katrina may cost as much as four years of war
Government certain to pay more than $200 billion following hurricane

******

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) reports Medicaid, medical assistance for aged, blind, disabled and low-wage working families, is down 46 percent from pre-Katrina levels. DHH reports before Katrina there were 134,249 people in New Orleans on Medicaid. February 2008 reports show participation down to 72,211 (a drop of 62,038 since Katrina). Medicaid is down dramatically in every category: by 50 percent for the aged, 53 percent for the blind, 48 percent for the disabled and 52 percent for children.

The Social Security Administration documents that fewer than half the elderly have returned. New Orleans was home to 37,805 retired workers who received Social Security before Katrina; now there are 18,940 - a 50 percent reduction. Before Katrina, there were 12,870 disabled workers receiving Social Security disability benefits in New Orleans, now there are 5,350 - that's 59 percent fewer. Before Katrina, there were 9,425 widowers in New Orleans receiving Social Security survivors benefits; now there are less than half that many - 4,140.

Children of working-class families have not returned. Public school enrollment in New Orleans was 66,372 before Katrina. Latest figures are 32,149 - a 52 percent reduction.

Public transit usage numbers are down 75 percent since Katrina. Prior to Katrina, there were frequently over 3 million rides per month. In January 2008, there were 732,000 rides. The Regional Transit Authority says the reduction reflects that New Orleans now has far fewer poorer, transit-dependent residents.

Figures from the Louisiana Department of Social Services show the number of families receiving food stamps in New Orleans has dropped from 46,551 in June 2005 to 22,768 in January 2008. Welfare numbers are also down. The Louisiana Families Independence Temporary Assistance Program was down from 5,764 recipients (mostly children) in July 2005 to 1,412 in the latest report.

United Nations officials recently called for an immediate halt to the demolition of public housing in New Orleans, saying demolition is a violation of human rights and will force predominately black residents into homelessness. "The spiraling costs of private housing and rental units, and in particular the demolition of public housing, puts these communities in further distress, increasing poverty and homelessness," said a joint statement by UN experts in housing and minority issues. "We therefore call on the federal government and state and local authorities to immediately halt the demolition of public housing in New Orleans." Similar calls have been made by Senators Clinton and Obama. Despite these calls, the demolitions continue.

44 posted on 02/18/2009 10:27:30 AM PST by kcvl
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To: alloysteel

they took our jobs!

oh wait.... my bad these folks need fed assistance....who needs a job when you got that?


45 posted on 02/18/2009 10:30:25 AM PST by TV Dinners (Hope is not a Strategy)
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To: PugetSoundSoldier
Anyone who is not a white male simply MUST vote and support That One.

Even if you vote lockstep with "The One" doesn't guarantee a seat in a" black "district if you are white. Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) has held office from a majority black district solely because his opposition in the Democratic primaries split the "black" vote.

Time will tell if he is lucky next year.
46 posted on 02/18/2009 10:43:19 AM PST by RedMonqey (History writes the best satire and the worst tragedies.)
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To: BBell

Big problem, though. The ‘Preacher Vote’ has been dispersed throughout the SouthEast, and haven’t voted much in New Orleans since Katrina. That’s why Ray Nagin won his election the last time; the Preacher Vote wasn’t there in sufficient numbers.


47 posted on 02/18/2009 10:46:46 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: calif_reaganite

The people leading the recall are typical liberals. They can’t think beyond the immediate plan. Imagine if a Congressman could be recalled. Then, state by state, a President could be recalled!


48 posted on 02/18/2009 10:55:33 AM PST by Enterprise (A Representative Republic - gone now. Foolish people.)
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To: BBell

” He could walk on water and bring thousands of jobs to NOLA but he is from the wrong demographic. He may not make one term.”

Yeah, he’s not a welfare basket case like these black ministers apparently want to be.

It’s shameful what they are doing.


49 posted on 02/18/2009 10:59:44 AM PST by WOSG (Oppose the bailouts, boondoggles, big Government)
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To: Enterprise

This isn’t surprising. These same ministers were tighter with Bill jefferson than his freezer was stuffed full of bribe money. It’s crap like this that makes me glad I moved to Lafayette in 1998.


50 posted on 02/18/2009 11:43:29 AM PST by cajuns97
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