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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