The Consequences of Zero

Ah, those were the days: back when Republican Anh "Joseph" Cao upset corrupt incumbent Democrat William Jefferson in LA-02 -- a D+28 district, by the way -- leading John Boehner to declare "The Future is Cao."

My, how quickly things can change (h/t brownsox):

Congressman Joseph "Anh"Cao, a Republican, who defeated William "Bill" Jefferson is facing a recall petition because of his vote on the Barack Obama stimulus package.  The recall has been initiated by a group of ministers. [...]

Papers have been filed with the Office of the Louisiana Secretary of State which started the process requiring sufficient signatures to force a recall election for the office held by Representative Cao.

Cao had originally announced his intention to vote for the stimulus package but then Eric Cantor got his hooks into him and whipped him into a 'No.' After all, without Cao's 'No' vote, Cantor never could have boasted about the GOP's being "back in the saddle" after delivering the big Zero votes for the stimulus. The GOP's branding strategy is literally dependent on being the party of No and Cantor was not going to let Cao, who probably wouldn't have survived 2010 anyway, derail that. Now, thanks to Cantor, Cao may not even make it TO 2010.

Tags: anh cao, LA-02, stimulus (all tags)

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Re: The Consequences of Zero

I am 99% sure that it's unconstitutional to recall a member of Congress.  That said, it's important to put pressure on people.  Ridiculous that we couldn't even flip the vote of a Republican in this dark-blue district!

by Steve M 2009-02-19 12:49PM | 0 recs
Re: The Consequences of Zero

Yes while this is a great PR move that is all it is. You cannot recall a Senator or Congress person. While I do believe the LA constitution has some provision the US constitution does no permit it.

by jsfox 2009-02-19 12:58PM | 0 recs
Re: The Consequences of Zero

You are correct, sir, these ministers are doing a nice publicity stunt, but there is no constitutional authority for a recall petition to recall a US congress member.

http://lieberman.senate.gov/documents/cr s/recalls&removals.pdf

by WashStateBlue 2009-02-19 01:00PM | 0 recs
Re: The Consequences of Zero

ROFL, that document's hosted on Joe Lieberman's site?  I think we can all understand why he wants to keep it close at hand...

by Steve M 2009-02-19 01:06PM | 0 recs
Yes, worked up by his staff and his lawyer...

You got to hand it to old Joementum...

He covers his butt as his first priority, Mr high Moral values his-self!

by WashStateBlue 2009-02-19 01:24PM | 0 recs

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