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'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal supported by [GOP] Rep. Anh 'Joseph' Cao and his expected challengers
Nola.com ^ | February 3, 2010 | Bruce Alpert

Posted on 02/04/2010 6:18:49 AM PST by rrstar96

The question of whether Congress should repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy and allow openly gay soldiers to serve likely will be a divisive issue in the fall elections, but not in the 2nd Congressional District.

Incumbent Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao, R-New Orleans, and his expected Democratic challengers state Reps. Cedric Richmond and Juan LaFonta expressed support Wednesday for President Barack Obama's call to change the policy, a move that also has been endorsed by top military officials.

"When the military hierarchy supports it, I defer to the people who do it for a living and have the biggest vested interest," Richmond said. "And ultimately, it's the right thing to do."

LaFonta said, "Repealing legislation such as 'don't ask, don't tell' means finally achieving equality for the brave men and women in uniform who risk their lives to protect our great country, and I support a full repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell.'"

Clayton Hall, Cao's chief of staff, said the freshman Republican agrees it's time to end the policy, begun during the Clinton administration, of not asking military personnel about their sexual preferences, but continuing to bar and discharge openly gay soldiers.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: cao; congress; defense; dontaskdonttell; gays; gaysinthemilitary; homosexualagenda; josephcao; louisiana; military; neworleans

1 posted on 02/04/2010 6:18:49 AM PST by rrstar96
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To: rrstar96

Having a Cao.


2 posted on 02/04/2010 6:20:15 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: lsucat; Roux; Pikachu_Dad; WFTR; chemicalman; abb; Liberty911; CajunConservative; LSUfan; ...

Pelican State ping


3 posted on 02/04/2010 6:20:51 AM PST by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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To: rrstar96

Poor Cao, you think that Brown stole a seat, this guy did an even bigger upset, it would be something if he held on for the next election.


4 posted on 02/04/2010 6:23:30 AM PST by ansel12 (anti SoCon. Earl Warren's court 1953-1969, libertarian hero, anti social conservative loser.)
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To: ansel12
From what I've read about him and been told, he sounds like a damned RINO.

No true republican, much less one that claims conservative values, would agree with anything Dumbama has to say.

5 posted on 02/04/2010 6:35:41 AM PST by OldSmaj (I am an avowed enemy of islam and Obama is a damned fool and traitor. Questions?)
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To: rrstar96
"When the military hierarchy supports it, I defer to the people who do it for a living and have the biggest vested interest," Richmond said.

Then why does he not defer to the individual soldiers, sailors and Marines? They have a far larger "vested interest" than the military hierarchy!

6 posted on 02/04/2010 6:37:49 AM PST by Roccus (ABLE DANGER?????...................What's an ABLE DANGER???)
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To: rrstar96
Letting gays serves openly is a GREAT idea. They can sleep, shower with straight servicemen (and each other). They can form little clicks, instigate lawsuits, share bunks etc.

What could possibly go wrong?


7 posted on 02/04/2010 6:41:19 AM PST by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: OldSmaj

Cao acts Democrat in a heavily Democratic district. Come November, voters there may just want to send a “real deal” like Richmond or LaFonta to Washington and bring the RINO home.


8 posted on 02/04/2010 6:43:42 AM PST by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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To: rrstar96

He’s reflecting his district and the people who elected him. People can disagree with him, but he’s doing what his district wants, which is what people on this board have been saying their representatives and senators should do.


9 posted on 02/04/2010 6:46:23 AM PST by rstrahan
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To: Roccus

You have a point. Being in their cozy ivory towers, the top military brass aren’t the ones out there in barracks or ships (not to mention combat areas).


10 posted on 02/04/2010 6:50:35 AM PST by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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endorsed by top military officials

Look closely when they speak and you will see the strings of the puppet masters!

Why doesn't the master issue an executive order to make it in his own image?

11 posted on 02/04/2010 6:53:41 AM PST by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: rstrahan
He’s reflecting his district and the people who elected him. People can disagree with him, but he’s doing what his district wants, which is what people on this board have been saying their representatives and senators should do.

Cao's statement on this may have less to do with the makeup of his congressional district than it does with the fact that he was a Jesuit seminarian for years. It's straight out of that order's "social justice" hymnal.

The "LGBT" community in New Orleans is dwarfed by the blacks (for whom the 2nd Congressional District was created, back in '65). Had those voters (and their ACORN bus drivers) not been distracted by the Obama victory-fest in early December of 2008, Cao would've lost big.

12 posted on 02/04/2010 7:04:31 AM PST by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: OldSmaj

Evidently he is a rino, because I think that in a black district he could have tried to carve a social conservative niche by being against this, but this (below)is what I meant by his short life expectancy in the district.

“Louisiana gained its second district in 1823 as part of the 18th United States Congress. At first comprising New Orleans and significant populations from surrounding areas, it has incrementally been compacted into being mostly within the city of New Orleans per se. It has also historically been among the most safely Democratic seats in the country; the Republicans had not held this seat since 1891, until Republican nominee Joseph Cao upset Democratic incumbent Bill Jefferson in 2008 for the term beginning in January 2009. Like most Congressional seats in the South, this district consistently voted Democratic from the time of Reconstruction until the 1960s. Since then, its position as a virtually consistent Democratic seat is mostly due to its being one of the “Majority-Minority” districts created as a result of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, to ensure minority voters have a likely opportunity to elect representatives in Congress and to guard against adverse racially-motivated gerrymandering.”


13 posted on 02/04/2010 8:23:28 AM PST by ansel12 (anti SoCon. Earl Warren's court 1953-1969, libertarian hero, anti social conservative loser.)
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To: rrstar96

Suprise, surprise. Another RINO turns out to be a phony.


14 posted on 02/04/2010 8:33:48 AM PST by B Knotts (Calvin Coolidge Republican)
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To: rrstar96

Establishment RINO vs Establishment Democrat

Dem Lite vs Dem

How about asking mccain and crist before their primaries?


15 posted on 02/04/2010 8:57:46 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: rstrahan

“He’s reflecting his district and the people who elected him. People can disagree with him, but he’s doing what his district wants, which is what people on this board have been saying their representatives and senators should do.”

No, we’ve been saying Republicans should represent Republicanism. If you elect a Republican, you should expect to actually get what you voted for.


16 posted on 02/04/2010 8:59:29 AM PST by ari-freedom (Let me be clear: Obama sux)
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To: ansel12

“Evidently he is a rino, because I think that in a black district he could have tried to carve a social conservative niche by being against this”

and he’s not a Jack Kemp, who tried to actually do something about black unemployment and opportunities.
He probably won because people voted for ‘anybody but Jefferson.’


17 posted on 02/04/2010 9:03:47 AM PST by ari-freedom (Let me be clear: Obama sux)
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To: AAABEST

What could possibly go wrong?,.Everything it’s what happens when people live by NO RULES.


18 posted on 02/04/2010 9:39:45 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: rrstar96

Has anyone noticed when you speak out against the perversion of homosexuality the homosexuals call you a closeted homosexual? So if you are a closeted homosexual how can you be homophobic?
This is just another shining example of the twisted logic perverted homosexuals use to defend their perverted lifestyle choice.


19 posted on 02/04/2010 1:54:54 PM PST by DMG2FUN
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To: rrstar96

The whole purpose of this is lawsuits. Lots and lots of lawsuits:

To force military mental health services to engage in gay relationship counseling.

To force the recogntition of the queer coupledom arrangement known as “gay marriage.”

To insist on spousal benefits for boyfriends’ boyfriends.

To create conflicts in the military chaplaincy.

To establish a “right” to military-funded “sex-reassignment” surgery and other accommodations to mental disorders.

To drum out servicemembers who can’t stomach open sodomy in their living, sleeping and recreational areas.

Every one of these things will be run up the flagpole; and they’ll sue whoever doesn’t salute.


20 posted on 02/05/2010 11:16:40 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Politics ---the 2nd oldest profession-- bears a very close resemblance to the first. Ronald Reagan)
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