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  Jefferson hopes to cash in on ties to Obama at polls
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Last EditedRBH  Dec 06, 2008 01:54pm
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MediaNewspaper - New Orleans Times-Picayune
News DateMonday, December 1, 2008 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThere's no reason to believe President-elect Barack Obama cares deeply about the outcome of Saturday's contest for the 2nd Congressional District seat where indicted incumbent William Jefferson faces three relatively unknown candidates.

But as Jefferson bids for a 10th term, the Democrat from New Orleans is invoking Obama's name as often as possible in a clear effort to capitalize on lingering excitement about the historic presidential election.

Jefferson, who is awaiting trial on federal corruption charges, also is depicting Venetian Isles lawyer Anh "Joseph" Cao, the race's GOP standard-bearer, as the puppet of a Republican Party machine that has been pumping resources into the Cao campaign.

In contact with reporters, on his campaign Web site and in e-mail messages to supporters, Jefferson has jumped at every chance to link himself to Obama.

"You know how sometimes you can say, 'I know the president, ' " Jefferson said during a recent interview on WBOK radio. "I really do know the president."
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