Feb 25, 2010

The only GOP ObamaCare backer losing campaign contributions

From a report at the link below:

The only Republican lawmaker to back ObamaCare has seen his fundraising drop by nearly 40 percent since his vote, and he is quickly burning through a dwindling bank account after resorting to a costly national fundraising operation.

Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao (upper photo), the unlikely congressman from New Orleans, is facing the perils of bipartisanship unlike any other lawmaker in Washington — trying to please a heavily Democratic constituency while relying on core conservatives for money to fuel his campaign.

Probably the only reason Cao was elected in New Orleans, a Democrat stronghold, is because he was elected to replace corrupt William Jefferson (lower photo) who was found guilty on 11 of 16 corruption charges in August of 2009.

Cao may have been elected on the “rebound” after the William Jefferson trial was still fresh in the minds New Orleans voters. It is expected that Cao will have a very difficult time with his re-election bid. A vote against ObamaCare would spell doom for his chances at re-election.

The report says that Republican leaders in Congress have continued supporting Cao with money from their campaign committees despite his health care position. However, the conservative donors he's courting around the country may not be so forgiving and his campaign cash is dwindling.