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William Jefferson gone. Vietnamese Republican Replaces him.

by James Denison / December 9, 2008 8:18 AM PST
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/08/AR2008120803746.html?wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter

"Less than 24 hours after his upset defeat of a longtime Democratic congressman from New Orleans, Anh "Joseph" Cao found the weight of the entire Republican Party resting on his diminutive shoulders.

The chairman of the Republican National Committee said Cao's election Saturday night showed that, even battered and bruised from political drubbings in the past two years, Republicans "still know how to win elections." House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) was more blunt, issuing a memo Sunday declaring: "The future is Cao."

Yet just three weeks ago, no one in the GOP establishment had even heard of Cao. They didn't know his improbable story of triumph -- how he fled war-torn Vietnam after the fall of Saigon as an 8-year-old refugee jammed into a helicopter. Now they've seized on his rags-to-political riches story,...."
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