Immigration Lawyer/ U.S. Congressman Ahn “Joseph” Cao: Last In, First Out in 2010

Congress
doesn`t keep records for the least amount of time it takes a
newly elected House representative to foul up his re-election
chances.

But if it did, the dubious distinction would
go to Republican

Ahn “Joseph” Cao

from Louisiana`s Second District.

On March 26, only two months after
being sworn in, Cao, a
Vietnamese
refugee
, former
Jesuit
seminarian and

immigration lawyer
, was one of the first seven in the House
who co-signed the proposed
DREAM
Act
legislation,

H.R. 1751
.

The group included five all-too-familiar Democrats—John
Conyers
, Illena Ros-Lehtinen,
Zoe Lofgren,

Jarid Polis
,
Lucille
Roybal-Allard
and two Republicans,

Devin Nunes
and Lincoln Diaz-Balart.

The
DREAM Act,
which hopes to grant in-state tuition fees to illegal aliens,
does absolutely nothing for Cao`s constituents—of whom
two-thirds are
black—and
nothing for his fellow Vietnamese who by virtue of their

refugee status
are legally in the U.S. Furthermore, those
Louisiana-born Vietnamese teenagers who may now be applying to
college are U.S. citizens.

Why then would Cao make co-signing the
DREAM Act
his first official matter of business? Is it because of his

immigration lawyer
profession? More amnesties certainly mean
more business, even though Cao won`t be around for at least two
years to cash in
on it.

Or is it Cao`s
Roman
Catholic
training that generates a
knee-jerk
support
of immigration in all its forms?

The answer is probably a little of each. But
whatever the reason, it`s an odd choice to kick off his
Congressional career because the
DREAM
Act
hurts the blacks who voted for him by unfairly pitting
them against aliens—mostly
Mexicans—for
college admission.

And, adding to Cao`s weird priorities is that
(as I learned from more than
two
decades of teaching English
to

Southeast Asians
) the Vietnamese are

strongly opposed
to illegal immigration.

From their perspective, the U.S. invited them
to America after
the war
destroyed their country
by
killing
millions of their people.

The Vietnamese do not view crossing the
border to get a job in

construction
or
landscaping
as compelling reasons to come to America compared to their own
circumstances.

They`re angered by the reality that by and large illegal
aliens get the same benefits as the Vietnamese—a serious sore
spot with them.

Since Cao needed all the help he could get to win his seat,
he`d be wise to remember who his friends are.

Three years after he set up his
New
Orleans
law practice,

Hurricane Katrina
devastated the city`s 15,000-strong
Vietnamese community and propelled Cao into political activism.

In 2006, a group of Vietnamese plaintiffs fought against a
city plan to put a landfill in their neighborhood.

During the landfill conflict, Cao decided to
run for state representative as
an
Independent
. But despite knocking on doors, putting up signs
and raising $20,000, Cao came in fifth out of six
candidates.

In the process, though, Cao gained the
attention of former City Councilman Bryan Wagner who persuaded
Cao to register as a Republican. [Louisiana
Congressman Elect Anh "Joseph" Cao: From Aspiring Priest to
Politician
, by Dan Gilgoff, U.S. News and World
Report
, December 16, 2008]

The biggest boost to Cao`s career, however, was the
Democratic Congressional
nine-term incumbent

William Jefferson
.

Jefferson, readers will recall, is the

politician/criminal
that commandeered scarce National Guard
resources during the Katrina aftermath to recover $90,000 of

bribe money
from his

freezer
.

That`s not all.

Jefferson also sought millions more in nearly
a dozen separate schemes to enrich himself by using his office
to broker business deals in Africa. As a result, in 2007,
Jefferson was indicted
on 16 corruption counts on racketeering, soliciting bribes, wire
fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice and conspiracy. 
[New
Orleans Voters Oust Indicted Congressman William Jefferson with
Pioneering Vietnamese-American Joseph Cao,
by Cain
Burdeau, Associated Press, December 6, 2008]

Despite running against one of the weakest candidates on a
federal ballot in many decades, Cao could only eke out a
1,826-vote victory.

The results posted on the

Louisiana Secretary of State
`s website showed Cao with
33,122 votes (49.55 percent), Jefferson and Jefferson 31,296
(46.82 percent) In

Orleans Parish
, Jefferson won by 23,197 to 20,246 where 21
of the 392 precincts showed zero votes for Cao. 

The
Republican
Party`s
reaction to Cao`s success proves just how

fouled up
the G.O.P. is.

Of course, the party refers to Cao as its
“new darling”.
In an internal memo he sent to House
Republicans titled

“The Future Is Cao”
,
Minority Leader

John Boehner
hailed the freshman Congressman for the example
he set for the flailing G.O.P.

That`s all nonsense.

Cao has virtually no chance to be re-elected
in 2010. The demographics of the 2nd District are too
stacked against him. Assuming Cao gets every single Asian vote,
it would only represent

3 percent of the total
. Virtually any respectable Democratic
candidate will beat Cao.

Cao`s inability to

raise money
also indicates his narrow base and will further
hamper his 2010 efforts.

In fact,

Cao`s defeat
is so universally anticipated that
Republicans…contemplate running him as a primary challenger to
U.S.
Senator David Vitter
.

Louisiana insiders think since Vitter has
corruption issues similar to Jefferson`s—he was fingered as a
customer in the
D.C. Madam
prostitution ring
—Cao could capitalize.

In the meantime, Cao is trying to find his way—and making a
fool of himself in the process. 

Scrambling around, Cao has made meaningless
overtures to blacks. He`s appealed to join the

Congressional Black Caucus
.

But since its founding in 1971, the
race-focused caucus has never had a member who was not
African-American and only

one Republican member
Gary
Franks
, a former Connecticut U.S. Representative.[Rep.-elect
Anh Joseph Cao Tries to Crack Black Caucus,
by Jonathan
Tilove, The Times-Picayune, December 18. 2009]

But most of all Cao doesn`t do himself any favors by
supporting anti-American—and of specific significance to
him—anti-black legislation like the
DREAM Act.

Instead of aligning himself with Congress`s
most radical elements, Cao could improve his bleak 2010
prospects by tangibly reaching out to black voters by exposing
the DREAM
Act
as the hurtful-to-his-constituents amnesty that it is.

Cao claims that he isn`t interested in re-election and that
he is motivated simply by the desire to do what`s best for his
district.

But if that were true, Cao would be on the
attack against the
DREAM
Act
and other similarly treasonous legislation.

If Cao doesn`t do that soon, he can
count on being drummed out of office and sent back to practicing
immigration law—where
he can carry out the same subversive agenda he`s currently
promoting in Congress.

Joe Guzzardi
[email
him]
is a California native
who recently fled the state because of over-immigration,
over-population and a rapidly deteriorating quality of life. He
has moved to Pittsburgh, PA where the air is clean and the
growth rate stable.
A
long-time instructor in English at the Lodi Adult School,
Guzzardi has been writing a weekly column since 1988. It
currently appears in the


Lodi News-Sentinel.