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The high cost of bi-partisanship

By Doug Thompson
February 24, 2010

Rep. Anh 'Joseph' Cao

Memo to members of Congress: Bi-partisanship may be hazardous to your fund raising.

Just ask Louisiana Republican Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao, the sole Republican supporter of Democratic-sponsored health care reform in the House. He is running out of campaign cash after his fund raising dropped 40 percent following his decision to support the health care bill.

Cao, who defeated scandal-tinged Democrat William Jefferson in 2008, is in political trouble anyway and his support of Barack Obama‘s key legislative initiative isn’t helping him with the conservative campaign donors he needs to raise money for re-election.

But his district in New Orleans is heavily Democratic and he won the seat only after Jefferson got caught with $90,000 in bribe money in his freezer.

Since voting for the health care bill in the House last November, Cao’s fund raising has dropped from $400,000 a quarter to less than $250,000. An expensive attempt to raise money nationally fizzed and cost more than it made.

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One Response to The high cost of bi-partisanship

  1. woody188

    February 26, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    It’s not his bi-partisanship that tanked his fund raising. It’s bi-partisanship in support of one of the worst crafted bills ever to reach the floor of the House and Senate that tanked his support. Had he supported efforts to end predatory lending and usury by banking and insurance fraudsters and regulation or abolition of derivative products then he would see much more support at least from the general public.