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December 11, 2008

Mr. Cao goes to Washington

Representative-elect Anh Cao made his first trip to Washington yesterday, greeted by Republican as a bona fide superstar.  One of his requests: To be a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, which has never had a non-black member in its ranks. 

From the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

Anh "Joseph" Cao arrived in Washington on Wednesday to the praise of congressional Republicans and began his metamorphosis from unlikely hero to Congress' most junior -- and politically vulnerable -- member.

Cao, who at 5 feet 2 inches might become the smallest man in the House, received a thunderous standing ovation at a meeting of the House Republican Conference, where he was introduced by Republican House Leader John Boehner of Ohio. Since Cao's election Saturday, Boehner has proclaimed him the future of the party.

In their prayer, the Republican members of the House thanked God for Cao, and at a reception Wednesday evening at the Republican National Committee, Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, introduced Cao as the man who had "lifted the cloud hanging over the 2nd Congressional District."

"I hope to bring a fresh face and maybe a new perspective to our party," said Cao, whose demeanor tends to deflect, not draw attention.