Anh Cao upsets Bill Jefferson in LA-2!

By VA Blogger

Maybe it’s the economy, but $90K in cash wrapped up in tin foil in your freezer just doesn’t buy what it used to. Just ask Bill Jefferson, who will finally be sent home a full two years after being indicted on 16 charges of corruption.

Republican Anh Cao completed a major upset, defeating Jefferson in this New Orleans-based seat. The district is 61% African-American (as is Jefferson), and has a Partisan Index rating of D +28; that means the district votes 28 points more Democratic than the nation as a whole. As the Daily Kos points out, this is more Democratic than the most Republican district is Republican (UT-3, R +26).

From another perspective, Bobby Scott’s minority-majority district, hand-drawn for a Democrat and typically uncontested, is a D+18 district, or a full 10 percentage points less Democratic than LA-2. That means this election is akin to a Republican challenger beating Bobby Scott with 60% of the vote. Unreal.

With John Fleming’s narrow victory in the open LA-4 seat (assuming it holds up), tonight’s results are a great morale booster for Republicans, and with an actual pick-up, it’s more than just a “moral” victory. Hopefully this is a harbinger of great things to come.


Comments

  • RichmondDem says:

    This reminds me of Tom DeLay’s loss in 2006. And just like that district, it will go back to its natural party in two years.

    “With John Fleming’s narrow victory in the open LA-4 seat (assuming it holds up), tonight’s results are a great morale booster for Republicans, and with an actual pick-up, it’s more than just a “moral” victory. Hopefully this is a harbinger of great things to come.”

    Let me know when you guys manage to pick up a seat somewhere outside the deep south or the UT/WY/ID diamond.

  • Va Blogger says:

    RD:

    Your point is well taken, but this is not a typical “deep south” seat. It is in the heart of New Orleans, which makes it an urban seat.

    And the TX-22 victory in 2006 was more due to not having a Republican on the ballot.

  • RichmondDem says:

    Well, than look at it like our victory over Mark Foley in 2006. I’m happy Jefferson is gone, he was a corrupt clown. If he cared at all about the Democratic Party he would have resigned so someone who wasn’t a fraud could have his seat. The CBC should take some blame for this too. It was shameful that they didn’t throw him out of the CBC like they should have when they found illegal cash in his freezer.

  • Lee J says:

    Being from texas Delays old district is highly republican and I agree it will go republican in the next election. This crooked Jefferson guy has amazed me why he is not in jail already. The Vietnamese guy Anh Cao that won Jefferson’s seat will be wonderful addition to Congress. Never did I ever think Louisiana, notorious for crooked politicians even in these times would elect anybody like Jindal or Cao which proves our country is coming a longs ways.

  • RichmondDem says:

    Also, even though this is a minority-majority district, black turnout was at an anemic 15%. They simply didn’t vote, and for good reason I might add.

  • VA Blogger says:

    LJ: DeLay’s seat is already won by a Republican, Pete Olsen.

  • Lee J says:

    VA Blogger you are correct I forgot about the local elections in this last election and don’t pay attention to texas politics much anymore. So I am correct a republican will most likely represent the sugarland district maybe forever. ;-)

  • From the NYT:

    “Mr. Cao was a refugee from Vietnam at age 8, a former Jesuit seminarian, a philosophy student with a penchant for Camus and Dostoyevsky…. Mr. Cao said that while he was studying to be a priest in the 1990s, he had “the great opportunity to work with the poor in conditions of extreme poverty” in Mexico and in Vietnamese refugee camps in Hong Kong — children playing in the slums, children behind bars. He wanted to be a missionary.

    “From there, the desire to bring social reforms, or to promote certain social change,” Mr. Cao said in an interview Sunday at an outdoor cafe in the Uptown neighborhood here. But, he added, “Politics and religious life don’t mix.” … “I don’t want to conform to any ideology, to be put into a little corner,” Mr. Cao said.

    Not the Tom Delay type of Republican…

  • Former LCRC Member says:

    Hopefully we can make something good come of Rep.-elect Cao’s two years…

  • Loudoun lady says:

    Edmund, you mean the Tom Delay who started the Rio Bend Charity to provide help to abused and negected children in the TX foster care system:

    http://www.riobend.org/

    I do recall reading that since the early 2000′s Delay and his wife have been working to bring about reform in the TX foster care system itself and this charity is an extension on that.

    Looks like one thing Delay has in common with the newly elected Congressman is helping children in poverty. Say what you want about Delay’s tactics and time in politics, but give him credit where it is due.

  • Lee J says:

    And Delay was first helping himself and then throwing the left over crumbs to others.

  • Jim Savage says:

    Hopefully all the people of the district will give Rep-elect Cao a good chance to represent them and if he steps up to the plate will return him to Congress in future elections. No doubt it took many black voters to help elect him and this should not be viewed in racist terms. He shares so many aspirations of the people of this district that it would be a shame not to continue him in future elections.

  • just a thought says:

    I think people are just getting sick of the corruption. I don’t care if the politician is black, white, Republican, Democrat, Independent, old, young, gay, straight, middle American, far North, South, East or West. We are just SICK OF IT!. Good for the people who voted out Jefferson and Ted Stevens.

  • “Say what you want about Delay’s tactics and time in politics, but give him credit where it is due.”

    I will remember you charitable nature in the future…

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