For the first time in over a hundred years, New Orleans has elected a non-Democrat to represent Louisiana's Second Congressional District in the U.S. Congress. But Republican Anh "Joseph" Cao breaks more records than this. Mr. Cao is the first Vietnamese-American to serve in the House of Representatives, and he joins just over a dozen Congressman who were born outside of the United States.
Anh Cao ran for Congress using his baptismal name, Joseph, which comes from his patron saint, St. Joseph the worker.
On Saturday's election for Representative of Louisiana's Second Congressional District, three men hope to unseat 18-year incumbent William Jefferson: Libertarian Gregory Kahn, Republican Ahn 'Joseph' Cao, and Green Party candidate Malik Rahim.
None of Congressman Jefferson's challengers has been elected to government office, but Republican candidate Anh 'Joseph' Cao, a Vietnam-born lawyer from New Orleans East, sidesteps this issue by comparing himself to one recent candidate whose personal qualities trumped experience.
Television host and conservationist Jeff Corwin visits the New Orleans area tonight, as part of the new UNO Horizons speaker series at the UNO Arena.
Emmy Award-winner Corwin is host of TheJeff Corwin Experience on Animal Planet, seen by 13 million people worldwide, and has also recently hosted a series of specials with Anderson Cooper on CNN entitled "Planet in Peril," discussing the problems facing the environment.
The Magazine Street Retail Relief Festival started in the early days after Katrina as an attempt to jumpstart local business. This festival, the fourth one, is Saturday, November 8, with merchants opening their doors to customers looking for a unique shopping experience.
In the last several days, Republicans and Democrats alike have been reminding voters how important it is to get out and vote. Across the nation, citizens are making phone calls and volunteering rides to neighbors. Here in New Orleans, getting out the vote is a personal and passionate act. Eve Abrams talks with a few enthusiastic voters in New Orleans on election day.