Campaign 2010

Aug 03, 2009

Hypocrisy Alert: Representative Cao Claims Credit for Recovery Efforts He Voted Against

 

 

Representative Cao's recovery hypocrisy reached new heights when he claimed to support Mayor Nagin's efforts to secure federal economic recovery funds to help with reconstruction.  In reality, Representative Cao voted against the economic recovery package.

 

"If you are looking for a roadblock to hurricane recovery, look no further than Representative Cao," said Jessica Santillo, Southern Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  "Representative Cao voted against the economic recovery package, which is investing in infrastructure projects, saving and creating jobs, and helping communities affected by hurricanes in Louisiana."

 

This is not the first time Representative Joseph Cao has tried to take credit for recovery funding he voted against.  Earlier in the year, Representative Cao said he and President Obama had worked "as a very good team" to secure recovery funds for Louisiana, even though he opposed the measure. 

 

Background:

 

  • Representative Cao met with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and said, "Our focus has always been and is today about the recovery issues of the 2nd District. We are trying to look at federal monies that the state has and channeling more of that money to the district." [Times Picayune, 7/23/09]

 

  • Representative Cao also tried to take credit for recovery efforts earlier in the year.  Representative Cao graded President Obama's first 100 days in office as an "A" for "working with us in this whole recovery process in the 2nd Congressional District. We have worked as a very good team." [Times-Picayune, 4/29/09]

 

  • In reality, Representative Joseph Cao voted no on the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1) which included funding that can be used for hurricane recovery in Louisiana.  [H.R. 1, #70, 2/13/09]

 

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