Congratulations Congressman-elect Joseph Cao!  The new representative from the Louisiana Second District is the first Vietmamese-American to be elected to Congress, possibly the shortest person in the legislative branch, and more importantly, one of the first candidates endorsed by The Weathers Report to ever win an election.

Republican leader John Boehner boldly proclaimed that Cao is “a symbol of our future.”  Evidently he was referring to the party’s committment to freedom and reform and not suggesting that none of the House Republicans has a sneaxball’s chance in hell of winning re-election.

Democrats will certainly mount a significant challenge to regain the seat, and the chances of Cao’s being re-elected are about on par with New Orleanians seeing heavy sneax in mid-December.

In the meantime, Congressman-elect Cao, enjoy the ride and make us proud!


To: House Republicans
From: Leader Boehner
Re: The Future is Cao
Date: 07 Dec 08

The people of Louisiana this weekend elected two new House Republicans, with Anh “Joseph” Cao ousting a corrupt Democratic incumbent in a heavily Democratic district and John Fleming successfully defending the seat held by retiring Rep. Jim McCrery, a seat Democratic leaders and their special interest allies had circled on the map and gone all-out in hopes of winning.

As The Hill reported last night, the Louisiana results “give Republicans a second shot of good news in less than a week, following Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ relatively easy win in a runoff in that state.”

As House Republicans look ahead to the next two years, the Cao victory is a symbol of what can be achieved when we think big, present a positive alternative, and work aggressively to earn the trust of the American people. Joseph Cao is a Vietnamese immigrant whose experience in America drew him to the Republican Party and its traditional commitment to freedom and reform. Working with like-minded Republicans such as Governor Bobby Jindal, he took an aggressive stand against corruption, offering a principled alternative to what voters were offered by the local Democratic establishment. Shrugging off conventional wisdom, he ran as a reformer in a district hungry for new representation in Congress. And he won.

While Washington Democrats are busy spinning the Jefferson debacle as an aberration, they are in the process of trading it in for a new debacle with greater implications for national policy. Just days before the Cao win, Speaker Pelosi declared she “does not foresee” a change in the current leadership of the Ways & Means Committee, whose chairman faces questions about potential abuses of tax laws and House rules. It’s disappointing the Speaker does not foresee making a change in the Ways & Means Committee leadership at this critical time for our nation’s economy. Despite the economic hardships they face, working families across America are paying their taxes, and they deserve the confidence of knowing that the elected officials entrusted with the responsibility of crafting our nation’s economic policies in these challenging times are following the rules as well.

The Cao victory is a symbol of our future. In the two years ahead, House Republicans will demonstrate our commitment to reform by holding ourselves to the highest possible ethical standard – and, with new faces like Joseph Cao and John Fleming and the rest of the incoming GOP freshman class in our ranks, by presenting principled, superior solutions to the challenges facing our country.

I congratulate our two newest colleagues, along with Governor Jindal and the people of Louisiana. And I look forward to working with you as we finish the 110th Congress and begin the 111th.