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December 09, 2008

Cao: 'Maybe I'll take mass transit'

Andy Barr and I have a story today about how quickly Republican Anh Cao, the unlikely congressman-elect from New Orleans, has become a star in GOP circles.

Many of his Republican colleagues from the delegation had no idea who Cao was just days ago (and none of them donated to his campaign), but now they are proclaiming him as the future of the party.

My favorite Cao anecdote of the day, meanwhile, comes from the New Orleans Times-Picayune, and shows just how different Cao will be from most of his future Congressional colleagues.

Cao was asked whether he was disappointed about anyone he hadn't heard from. Angelina Jolie, he said. And the pope.

"My recommendations to any freshman member is not forget what they did to be elected and remember the folks back at home, " said Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman. "Just don't stay in Washington any longer than you have to and go back to Louisiana as much as you can."

Too late. Cao, who has two young daughters, said "I'm planning to move my family up there" and make solo trips home to New Orleans. That way they will have more time together and his wife "can keep an eye on me and keep me in line."

This week, he said, he will stay with his sister and her husband in Falls Church, Va., outside Washington and, he suggested, maybe ride a bike into the city. Warned that could be a cold trip this time of year, he agreed to a more conventional approach. "Maybe I'll take mass transit."