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225px-JosephCaoOfficialPhoto2009Unless you were trapped under a rock, you would know that the much debated and controversial Health Care plan passed in the house with a margin of five votes, 220-215. Despite a huge number of Democrats in the House, the plan barely limped through strange objections and a close vote.  And, it still has to push through the Senate.  While 36 Democrats voted against the Health Care plan, the sole Republican from Louisiana’s second district voted for the plan — Ahn “Joseph” Cao, the first Vietnamese-American Representative to ever serve in the House.

Cao won his seat over troubled eight time incumbent William Jefferson, who still received 47% of the vote despite charges of bribery and corruption (Louisiana politics, do you expect any less?).  Rep. Cao is very “moderate” for a Republican, as highlighted by his vote for the Health Care Plan; he has to be, if he wants to have any chance to be re-elected in a very blue district.

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