New Orleans media is reporting that in the wake of his vote with the Democrats to pass House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Health Care Bill, Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao (pronouced “Gow”) is experiencing some backlash back home.
WGNO, ABC 26 News is reporting there have been two fundraisers canceled in the week since Cao became the lone Republican to support what many believe to be an irresponsible and reckless increase in federal spending. They are also reporting some previous donors, unable to cancel their fundraisers or choose not to attend one are asking for their money back.
Cao’s actions have obviously angered supporters in his district. He is a freshman Congressman who barely edged out his incumbent opponent, Democrat William Jefferson, best known for being caught with almost $100,000 in bribe money in his freezer. Around the country, Republicans and Conservatives are also angry with Cao as his single GOP vote has enabled Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic caucus to claim their victory was bi-partisan in nature based on the votes of 219 Democrats and Congressman Cao.
ABC 26 News notes that GOP Minority Whip Eric Cantor, while disappointed, has no plans for “political retaliation” against Cao. Given the vital importance money plays in political campaigns and given the mood with donors back home, it appears Cantor won’t need to worry about that at all. Cao’s supporters will take care of that for him with their own vote on reforming his campaign finances.