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Dec. 5, 2013, 10:06 a.m.

Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao (R) said he cast “a very dif­fi­cult vote” 11/7 when he voted for health care re­form. Cao, on Wash­ing­ton Times‘ “Amer­ic­an Morn­ing News” ra­dio show: “But at the end of the day I have to vote on the needs of my dis­trict down here in New Or­leans adn vote ac­cord­ing to my con­science.”

He said he “does not an­ti­cip­ate back­lash” from GOP­ers, “who shortly be­fore the vote pledged” that no one in the con­fer­ence would vote for the bill. Cao: “If the [RNC] chair­man be­lieves I am not con­ser­vat­ive enough for the GOP, well, that’s his prerog­at­ive to make the de­cision. … I be­lieve at this point in time, to cause a rift between mod­er­ate Re­pub­lic­ans and con­ser­vat­ive Re­pub­lic­ans would not be good for the Re­pub­lic­an Party.”

Cao, a Cath­ol­ic, said he was “ini­tially con­cerned that the bill would al­low fed­er­al funds to fin­ance abor­tions,” but once the Stupak Amend­ment passed, “he was able to put aside those con­cerns.” Cao: “Once the [Stupak]-Pitts amend­ment was passed, then for the Cath­ol­ic bish­ops it was no longer an is­sue to them, so we were able to sat­is­fy both our Cath­ol­ic con­scious and also push for health care re­form” (Haberkorn, Wash­ing­ton Times, 11/12).

Let’s Hit Him Where It Hurts…

Cao went on the “Ed Show” 11/11 p.m.

Cao, on fun­draisers: “A couple of fund-raisers were can­celed. … Some donors have re­ques­ted back the money” (MS­N­BC, 11/11).

Let The Guys Back Home Take Care Of Him?

RNC Chair Mi­chael Steele ap­peared on “Your World” 11/9.

Steele, on GOP re­tri­bu­tion to­ward Cao: “That’s something that the state party will take un­der con­sid­er­a­tion, the nom­in­at­ing pro­cess, or how that works out. He’s go­ing to have a primary, he’s got to get reelec­ted.”

Steele, on wheth­er Cao’s vote im­proves his re-elec­tion chances: “It may. It may. It may not. I don’t know. He’s got to get through a primary.”

Steele, on if the GOP­ers should leave Cao alone: “I know a lot of folks have taken out of con­text my com­ments about go­ing after people. It was not me go­ing after any­body, it’s what your grass­roots act­iv­ists out there are say­ing to the elec­ted of­fi­cials” (FNC, 11/9).

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