A group of African-American ministers have initiated the process of recalling US Congressman Anh "Joseph" Cao, R- New Orleans.
Congressman Cao came into office more than a month ago after a stunning upset. Due to a special election in December and extremely low turn out of Black voters, a relatively unknown and inexperience human rights lawyer won the election over an indicted incumbent. The district is made up of 65% African Americans and 85% Democrats.
What prompted the recall is Cao's two votes agaisnt President Obama's $787 billion stimulus package as part of the Republican Party attempt to block the passage of bill.
The recalling process is daunting since it will required 101,000 signatures in 6 months period. And if the recall proponent succeed at that, and voters approve the recall, it appears that Congress would not accept the result. However, the mininsters press on claiming to already collected 13,000 signatures in the last two weeks.
Even if Cao isn't recalled, such an effort could provide a formidable base for anyone who wants to oppose him in 2010.