This is truly a shocker. I mean, as we've seen in the past with the re-elections of Marion Barry, Ray Nagin and most recently Willie Herenton, corrupt Black politicians usually get a pass from the black community because after all, they're black. And race matters much more to Black libs then such minor flaws as being an incompetent leader, or being downright sleazy or worse, being caught smoking crack in a hotel with your mistress. My guess is that all the notoriety from the $90k caught in Jefferson's freezer just finally did him in.
The 2008 election year, overwhelmingly favorable to the Democratic Party, came to an improbable end Saturday as indicted nine-term lost his seat in Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District to Republican Anh "Joseph" Cao, a little-known lawyer. With all precincts reporting, Cao led Jefferson by 50 percent to 47 percent.
Although Jefferson's political shortcomings were glaring -- he is awaiting trial on federal corruption charges, including bribery -- the demographics of the New Orleans-based district still appeared to make him an overwhelming favorite for re-election. Jefferson has been one of the senior African-American members of Congress, and the black-majority district typically gives Democratic candidates about three-quarters of its votes.
But the very low turnout Saturday showed Jefferson was unable to persuade a sufficient number of voters to attend the general election, which was delayed to Dec. 6 because the scheduled Sept. 6 primary was postponed by Hurricane Gustav. Jefferson received just 25 percent of the vote over six Democratic opponents in the rescheduled Oct. 4 primary, though he did qualify for the general election by winning a runoff that coincided with the national Election Day of Nov. 4.