Joseph Cao has a new, professional-looking web site.
Still no issues listed on his site, however:
Such a rarity, a pol with no issues whatsoever. That's voting in real change right there.
Yes, he's had that quaint little web page for months, but now that the Republican Party Machine is cranking up, they gave him a right nice looking web presence.
Money talks, your freedom walks.
I'm voting for the guy who will represent ME, not the party bosses.
Well you kids enjoy your 3rd party thing. Meanwhile I'll be voting out Bill Jefferson and helping out the state.
Using the candidate's website as your sole source of their stances on the issues is pretty dumb.
The guy claims to have coastal restoration as his top priority and due to personal experience he actually favors immigration reforms which is needed badly.
But yeah anyone but Jefferson.
Regretting your endorsement, Oyster? Are ya gonna take it back? What I love about is his brand spankin' new site, in addition to the no issues on his issues page, is the fact that you can't tell what Party he belongs to.
I understand that this district is H-O-S-T to the I-L-E for Repubs, but it'd be nice if he could tell us his party affiliation prior to getting in the booth.
Even though I'm a registered Green, I was feeling good about planning to vote for Cao.
Then I used your helpful link and found out about his shady connections--e.g. hanging out with Archbishop Alfred Hughes.
I'm rethinking now.
Come on guys, the goal is to get rid of Jefferson. You can vote for someone else in 2 years, but Cao is the best chance to put "Cold Money" out on his ass. Clio, you're concerned with Cao's shady connections??? Jefferson should be the only shady one we should be concerned with, at least for now. Fuck!
By 9:14 AM, at
"Regretting your endorsement, Oyster? Are ya gonna take it back?"
No, but it probably was premature.
Dudes and Dudettes - Believe me, I had all the usual reservations about Cao that are being voiced here. And I probably wouldn't have gotten beyond the (R) after the guy's name on the ballot. But then I actually listened to him address concerns that mattered to me and he really surprised me. He's by no means perfect, and I'm leery of his support for federal support of faith-based social programs funding. But the fact that he has a history with the Catholic Church and the Archdiocese of New Orleans is not (and should not be) a de facto disqualifier from office. Some of the most progressive lefties I know are Social Justice Catholics. I think Cao comes more out of this tradition than the rightwing autocratic tradition more often associated with the Catholic hierarchy. I'm thinking about what's best for progressive policies for Louisiana and New Orleans, especially for the most marginalized populations here, and Cao has the disposition, temperament, and experience to do that. He is not an ideologue and I'd even argue that he's more progressive on many issues (certainly the ones that are important to me) than Mary Landrieu, Charlie Melancon, Foster Campbell, Walter Boasso, Jim Harlan, and just about any other Democrat that has run for public office in this state. Just my two cents.
FRC endorsement ended the slim chance I'd consider voting for him. I don't wanna help those folks or the RNC.
I was being mostly sarcastic.
I'm one of those Social Justice Catholics, and I have every intention of voting for Cao.
At the same time, I can't wait till we get a new Archbishop.
Dumb partisan fucks.
I honestly think this election may have gone a long way at destroying the Republican Party. It is in dissaray, has no idea what it stands for anymore, has been taken over by buffoons and has lost the confidence of its sheep. It just needs to be put out of its misery.
I'd celebrate, but we still have one more to bring down and more sheep to set free.
Your refusal to take this opportunity to take down Jefferson due to your stupid party loyalty is exactly why I'm waiting for the destruction of the democatic party before I start celebrating.
Here's to a 4 or 5 party sytem and the permamnent destruction of both the Republican and Democratic parties.
By 2:00 PM, at
adrastos - Don't let the FRC endorsement sway you. I think they're the ones being taken for a ride here. Cao is not really one of them. Sure, he's got a strong faith background, but it's definitely not the fundagelical kind.
The FRC endorsed Cao? Said endorsement proves that the argument that Cao is not one of them is ludicrous.
Folks in Baton Rouge said that about Bill Cassidy when he ran for the State Senate ... he's only running as a Republican because it's the only way he can get elected ... "he's certainly a progressive."
Well, he got elected with the help of the few progressives in that State Senate district, and proceeded to move to the RIGHT ... earning 100% rating from the Louisiana Family Forum for 2 straight years. Some progressive.
The GOPers all say moderate, even progressive shit when they're running. Once they get in office, and the fundies start donating serious money to them, and threaten to withhold said monies unless they get their way on a vote, the Repub usually sings their tune. Further, the fact that the RNC may drop some $300,000 to help Cao should tell you that Cao is not the progressive you want him to be ... and if elected, he's gonna be the right wing ideologue he is.
I don't live in LA-02, so I can't vote in this election. But if I could, I certainly wouldn't be voting for Cao.
The folks over at
nolaway.com have some nice-looking "Liberals for Cao" and "Democrats for Cao" bumper stickers. I just ordered myself a 50-pack to hand out to all my District 2 friends!
By 6:29 PM, at
Looks like we might have a 60-seat senate after all...