William Jefferson

Representative William “Cash in the Freezer” Jefferson Defeated for Re-Election by Little Known Republican

Joseph Cao

Anh ‘Joseph’ Cao, a Vietnamese-American, speaks to a reporter as he campaigns in eastern New Orleans. Cao, a Republican, became the first Vietnamese-American in Congress in a predominantly black and heavily Democratic district, beating nine term Representative William Jefferson

Democrat Representative William Jefferson has been defeated tonight by a little known Republican for re-election to the House.

Voters in Louisiana ousted indicted Democratic Rep. William Jefferson on Saturday, instead electing a Republican attorney who will be the first Vietnamese-American in Congress.

Unofficial results showed Anh “Joseph” Cao denying Jefferson a 10th term. Republicans made an aggressive push to take the seat from the 61-year-old incumbent, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of bribery, laundering money and misusing his congressional office.

Cao, 41, won a predominantly black and heavily Democratic district that covers most of New Orleans.

A barrage of election-day automated telephone calls on Cao’s behalf flooded the district, including a pitch from the national Republican Party.

The national GOP ran ads citing Jefferson’s indictment for corruption and apparently they paid off.

Remember the flap?


Graphic courtesy of Flip

Now, Jefferson will have plenty of time to fight the charges in court when his trial eventually begins. No trial date has been set as of yet.

What an embarassment.

This corrupt idiot should have been kicked out of office years ago.


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