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.
Isn’t it ironic that the Senate might go after Burris for perjury? And here I thought they said that was OK.
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.
Who did he replace?
How much more 'assistance' does one need 'from the federal government'?!
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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.
they took our jobs!
oh wait.... my bad these folks need fed assistance....who needs a job when you got that?
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.
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!
” 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.
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.
You described my neighbor. He has been a registered democrat his whole life. He has never voted for a democrat for president though. When he was young if you were not a democrat you had no say so in the political process. The democratic primary was the only vote that mattered.
Why can they not allow yellow to be mellow?(satire) It is the same old black racist ministers crying about some BS or welfare handouts curtailments.
These ministers should be mover to a Soviet Gulag for re-education instead of reliving the civil rights area indefinitely. I presume they were in the council of joseph lowery, sclc south communist leadership corps.
Just The Facts,
They are constantly Polar Bear Hunting in N.O. cause Nagin declared open season on honkies and latinos.
I Know What Good Is,
I bet he doesn't have thousands of dollars hidden in frozen Lasagna in his freezer. They should let the man do his job!
It is my understanding that Nagin wasn’t supported by the ‘Preacher Vote’, but by more whites than blacks. I thought the ‘Preacher Vote’ went for Landrieu.