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  New Orleans GOP Congr. Joseph Cao To Have (Democratic) Louisiana Rep. Competitor
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Last EditedAshley  Jul 24, 2009 12:26pm
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News DateFriday, July 24, 2009 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIn an exclusive, State Representative Juan LaFonta has announced his intention to run for the Second Congressional District seat in the fall of 2010 against incumbent Republican Congressman Anh "Joseph" Cao. Surprising many insiders, however, LaFonta firmly declared that "I'm running as Democrat," not as an Independent as some political observers had predicted.

"I am running for Congress," Rep. LaFonta told The Louisiana Weekly on Thursday. "I decided I was going to do this because I think we need better representation."

"We haven't had inclusion of everyone in the district," the New Orleans State Rep. said echoing complaints that some Black leaders have had with Cao's opposition to President Obama's stimulus and other initiatives popular with the district's Black majority electorate.

Congressman Cao has repeatedly defended himself, citing a very moderate voting record that is in step with his overwhelmingly Democratic district, from his support of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and expansion of funding for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-Chip).
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