Louisiana Voters Oust Indicted Rep. William Jefferson
Unofficial results showed Anh “Joseph” Cao, a Republican attorney, denying Jefferson a 10th term.
AP Saturday, December 06, 2008
NEW ORLEANS — Voters in Louisiana ousted indicted Democratic Rep. William Jefferson on Saturday, instead electing a Republican attorney who will be the first Vietnamese-American in Congress.
Unofficial results showed Anh “Joseph” Cao denying Jefferson a 10th term. Republicans made an aggressive push to take the seat from the 61-year-old incumbent, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of bribery, laundering money and misusing his congressional office.
Cao, 41, won a predominantly black and heavily Democratic district that covers most of New Orleans….
Louisiana is one of the few bright spots for the GOP. It was one of only a few states that McCain did better in 2008 than Bush did in 2004. Bobby Jindal is a rising star in the party and one of the most intelligent and popular Governors in America. Now Jefferson finally loses.
I see a few reasons for the change.
1) Obviously there has been a clear demographic shift due to the relocation of many people to other states post Kartina.
2) The people that live there did not blame Bush and the Republicans for Katrina. That was a national media creation. The people in Louisiana correctly blamed their own Democratic leaders for the gross mismanagement of the relief effort. They blame their local Democratic leaders for refusing to allow the federal government to help. The Republicans in Mississippi handled the situation very well.
3) Corruption among elected Democrats.
4) Success of Bobby Jindal.