Jefferson has pleaded not guilty to 16 criminal counts of racketeering, bribery, money laundering and obstruction of justice. He denies any wrongdoing.
In 2005, Jefferson’s private homes in Washington and New Orleans were raided, and FBI agents say they found $90,000 in cash stashed in one of his freezers.
Republican Ahn Joseph Cao won,
Republican challenger Anh “Joseph” Cao, an attorney and community organizer, defeated Jefferson in the 2nd Congressional district race. He will become the first Vietnamese-American elected to Congress.
You’d think Democrats would like him; after all he’s a Community Organizer, but noooo…The NYTimes plays the world’s smallest violin for Jefferson, since the Times sees it as a white-against-black thing,
The upset victory by the lawyer, Anh Cao, was thought by analysts to be the result of a strong turnout by white voters angered over federal corruption charges against Mr. Jefferson, a black Democrat who was counting on a loyal base to return him to Congress for a 10th term.
Never mind that Jefferson and his siblings, “several of whom have also been indicted,” were in the midst of a huge scandal, and Cao, who is not a crook, was born in Vietnam and came here as one of the boat people,
offered voters a break from the scandals.
Patrick Ruffini examines the winning strategy.
Would that work in NJ?