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Have A Cao Man

The race to replace David Vitter in the U.S. Senate is getting crowded. On Tuesday (12.15), former Congressman Anh Joseph Cao shot off an email to supporters that detailed his plans to seek the soon-to-be vacant office on Capitol Hill.


"Sen. Vitter will not be running for re-election, so this is a great opportunity to have a Vietnamese-American/Asian-American voice in the U.S. Senate," Cao wrote.


There will be plenty of competition for the post. Representative Charles Boustany, Rep. John Fleming, and retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness have all declared already. Red Stick insiders have also floated the names of State Treasurer John Kennedy and gubernatorial loser Scott Angelle as potential candidates.


Cao’s previous tenure in D.C. began in 2008 after he defeated “Dollar” Bill Jefferson for the 2nd District seat in Congress. In 2010, Democrat Cedric Richmond easily beat Cao and returned the seat to it’s traditionally blue ownership. However, Cao, a Republican, also took flack from his own party due to his support of Obamacare and what the Family Research Group called “"radical social agendas of homosexual activists.”


In 2011, Cao launched a bid to be the Louisiana Attorney General. That race ended after a few months, when he withdrew from the election. Buddy Caldwell would cruise to the office unopposed.


The letter to supporters estimated that Cao’s campaign will need to raise about two million dollars to make it to the November 8, 2015 primary.

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