Thursday, November 06, 2008

YRHT endorses Anh "Joseph" Cao for Congress 

A Republican party that is feeling down and out, and yearning to diversify and re-brand itself, and desperately seeking any sort of victory, however small, would do well to get behind candidate Anh "Joseph" Cao in the LA-02 runoff. They should promote the hell out of this race, nationally, against a corrupt Democrat.

Cao's biography is amazing, and you know I'm instantly in the tank for a dude who likes philosophy. The first "action point" on Cao's web site involves coastal restoration, a topic which, if memory serves, was absent from Bobby Jindal's "key issues" on his gubernatorial campaign web site. (Fortunately, as Jeremy Alford noted, Jindal made a strong commitment to coastal restoration earlier this year-- and I give him full credit for that).

Clancy Dubos makes a compelling case that Cao can Nguyen win. I hope so, even though I really like a certain dark horse candidate who is waiting in the wings in case Jefferson pulls it out, again.

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Update with corrected quote, (see comments): Kevin Allman of Gambit says that "Clancy said that for a sum of around $300K invested in this race, the nat'l GOP could make it competitive, not that the Republicans were actually planning to spend that amount."

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Update: And for my friends who want "more choices, more voices", we shouldn't forget that Malik Rahim is the Green Party candidate. Editor B has more on Malik Rahim.

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Same old shit. Vote for the religious conservative from a pro-big business anti-labor party because we all hope he represents some as-yet-undefined "ethics reform" agenda. Let's just go ahead and endorse PBJ for President while we're at it.

By Blogger jeffrey, at 1:03 PM  

As Louisiana continues to distinguish itself in every way in Katrina's wake (and amid heightened scrutiny), might I suggest "triage" as a word with which Louisianians should acquaint themselves.

And fear.

By Blogger The Mighty Favog, at 1:44 PM  

I have to question why the National GOP would spend big bucks they probably don't have right now (although I didn't see a lot of RNC adds in the last couple of weeks, indicating they perhaps had thrown in the towel) to get rid of the poster boy for Democratic Corruption.

I'm in the Stake by the Lake and so don't get a vote anyway although being from NOLA people always ask about "mny corrupt Congressman".

By Blogger Mark Folse, at 4:32 PM  

Oyster - looking back at my notes I see that I misstated something - Clancy said that for a sum of around $300K invested in this race, the nat'l GOP could make it competitive, not that the Republicans were actually planning to spend that amount.

My mistake, and I'd be in your debt if you'd clarify. Thanks.

By Blogger Kevin Allman, at 4:35 PM  

Just to add from the T-P story this morning...it sounds like the GOP is doing the same math that Clancy did:

"You'll see some muscle next week," said former City Councilman Jay Batt, who chairs the Orleans Parish Republican Party Executive Committee. "I'm talking about money in the bank and endorsements -- major names."....

Batt said the group hopes to collect between $50,000 and $100,000 within a few days to launch a media campaign to inform voters about what he described as Cao's "compelling" life story, which includes work as a missionary abroad and as an ethics and philosophy instructor at Loyola University....

Political consultant Cheron Brylski, who has worked with Cao in the past, said his success hinges on his ability to tell voters who he is and remind them to head to the polls. Those tasks, she estimated, will cost about $250,000.


I'm no political expert, but it seems like a no-brainer to me that the GOP would spent $250K, and more, to knock out Jefferson.

By Blogger Kevin Allman, at 4:40 PM  

Mark Folse said: I'm in the Stake by the Lake and so don't get a vote anyway although being from NOLA people always ask about "mny corrupt Congressman".

Yeah, well, if you're from Louisiana you've probably got a corrupt Congressman. Up here is Central Louisiana, I could talk about my corrupt (and stupid) Congressman.

By Blogger Pawpaw, at 4:48 PM  

Jindal has consistently failed to make coastal restoration and hurricane protection a priority in all previous campaigns. Anyone want to guess who the only person was to make Coastal Restoration a priority in the 2004 LA01 election, saying that "wetlands act as a barrier for hurricane protection. With no barrier, the next direct hit will devastate us. The loss of the Louisiana refineries could cause oil prices to rise as well. You can also imagine the cost to FEMA if we get a direct hit. The short and long term results of a direct hit require an advocate in Congress that will put coastal restoration as the number one priority."?

;)

By Anonymous Daniel Z., at 6:32 PM  

So there it is: the Republican machine is going to kick it into high gear to get their guy elected. And if he gets to Washington, who will he represent?

Bad call, Oyster. We should be striving for better.

Vote Malik!

Peace,

Tim

By Blogger Tim, at 7:39 PM  

"Anyone want to guess who the only person was to make Coastal Restoration a priority in the 2004 LA01 election?

The author of the exceptional LJ4A blog?

By Blogger oyster, at 8:54 PM  

Glad to see I'm not the only kook out there who is pulling for this guy.

The Vietnamese community in New Orleans is interesting and a bit of a sleeper demographic since people tend to not realize that there is a sizable community down here. I call New Orleans East "New Vietnam" now. On a related note, sometimes I like to drive down highway 90 and imagine I'm Mad Max. >:)

Malik Rahim? Yeah, I can see droves of former Moreno supporters lining up to vote for a former black panther.

Cao is not my first choice, but anyone is better than Jefferson. I can tolerate Catholics a lot more than Fundies.

By Blogger Superdeformed, at 10:39 PM  

http://www.voteforanhcao.com Account Disabled? Hmmm, something is up.

By Blogger Superdeformed, at 10:47 PM  

Oyster wins the prize!

(Er.... I hadn't thought of a prize yet..... want a "Don't blame me I never voted for Jindal" bumper sticker?) LOL

By Anonymous Daniel Z., at 11:31 PM  

I will definitely be voting for Cao because not only is his resume impressive, but more importantly, he is NOT Dollar Bill. If we want anyone in congress to take us seriously and give this region millions of rebuilding dollars than we cannot re-elect a crook for any reason. Even if you're a democrat, hold your nose and vote for Cao - the term is only for two years after all. There is no excuse for re-electing Jefferson. As for Rahim, I also think he is a nice choice, however, he stands zero chance of beating Jefferson so I cannot risk voting for him.

By Blogger Pistolette, at 10:21 AM  

So now the Familty Research Council endorses Cao. Religous conservatives and far right-wing republicans are closing ranks to support this guy. Nuff said.

I'm supporting the guy who will represent ME in Washington, not the Republican Party Machine.

www.votemalik.org

Peace,

Tim

By Blogger Tim, at 7:30 AM