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.
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is reviewing the budget approved after a 12-hour City Council session. Whether he signs it isn't clear. The mayor wanted a tax increase to fill a $24 million budget shortfall. The council instead plugged much of the deficit with the city's disaster loans. Nagin calls the tactic a "financial train wreck."
The council has control of about half the $1.1 billion budget. Federal and state grants make up the rest.
This Saturday, October 4th, is the Democratic primary. It's part of the election process that will decide who will go to the nation's capital to represent Louisiana's second district in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The primary is another chapter in the story of William Jefferson, the 18-year incumbent whose political career may hang in the balance.