Expecting heroism from politicians is rather like expecting chastity from prostitutes: you are almost certain to be disappointed. Therefore when a politician signs his own political death warrant on a matter of principle, attention should be paid.
Representative Anh “Joseph” Quang Cao is the Congressman representing the second congressional district of Louisiana. His district is in New Orleans and is overwhelmingly Democrat in voter composition. He is there by virtue of defeating the unbelievably corrupt former Congressman William “Cold Cash” Jefferson.
When ObamaCare came up in the House he was the lone Republican to vote for it. Now he is a no vote. Lifesite News explains why:
He said he could only vote for the bill if the abortion funding were removed, which Democrats have refused to do.
He said he has been flooded with calls and emails but will vote his conscience.
“We have people knocking at our doors, we have groups coming in, lobbying,” he said. “It comes down to me and my own conscience and that’s what I have to deal with.”
“We do need some kind of health care reform to assist many people in the district,” he said. “But again, my decision to support the health care bill cannot contradict my conscience.”
Obama on Wednesday met with Cao and asked him to take a new look at the abortion language in the bill — something Cao promised he would do.
“He’s asked if I would restudy the Senate language and that I would approach it with an open mind. And I promised that I would go back and study the Senate language again,” Cao said, according to the New Orleans Times Picayune.
“He fully understands where I stand on abortion, and he doesn’t want me to vote against my conscience because he, like me, believes that if we were to vote against our conscience, our moral values, there is really nothing left for us to defend,” Cao said. “I’m glad that the president is very understanding. He really shows his own moral character.”
“He did not whip me on the vote,” he said.
Where Cao stands is firmly against abortion funding — which is clearly a part of the Senate health care bill.