House Minority Whip Eric Cantor promised Capitol Hill protesters on Friday that not one Republican would approve the Democrats' health care bill. But Cantor's promise of unanimity slipped Saturday night when the final vote tally -- 220 to 215 in support of the bill -- revealed Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao, a Republican from Louisiana, cast a yes vote.Who is Joseph Cao?
He won his Congressional seat by beating the controversial William Jefferson ... the Democrat who stashed the illegal cash in his freezer.
According to Cao's bio on Wikipedia, he was born in Vietnam and escaped to this country with his family when he was eight years old. His father, who was a lieutenant in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, was a North Vietnam prisoner of war for seven years ... so I find it ironic that this man, whose family escaped the tyranny of communism, has voted to enact what many consider to be a socialist government program in his adopted country.
Was he intimidated after his vote earlier this year against the Obama stimulus bill? That vote sparked outrage in his District and a recall effort began to remove him from office. However, the recall effort was deemed illegal ... but by voting for nationalized health care, has he protected himself to remain safe in his Congressional seat?
Cao is an attorney with Virginia ties (taught at a parochial school) who specializes in immigration law, and a devout Roman Catholic.
This is not his first time bucking the Republicans. From Wikipedia:
Cao was one of just 5 Republicans to vote for the Obama administration's $106 billion 2009 supplemental appropriation (House Resolution 2346) for military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Despite being lobbied by Republican leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor to vote against the measure, Cao justified his favorable vote because the bill included funding for Gulf Coast restoration work and for low-income housing to help constituents displaced by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.Reportedly he was against the nationalized health care bill providing for abortion funds and, when a deal was made to remove those, he supported the bill:
In 2009 August Cao announced his intention to vote against the healthcare bill if it provided public funding for abortion.As of 1:44 a.m. on November 8, his Wikipedia page had been updated to show his support as the lone Republican for the health care monstrosity voted in on November 7, 2009.