How much do you expect the first and only Vietnamese American congressman to raise money in Seattle after flying more than 2,000 miles?
Seattle has a strong track record when it comes to giving money to Asian American elected officials from other states. But poor Congressman Joseph Cao from Louisiana raised only about $1,300 from 60 guests at a lunch on July 26.
Never mind that he had spent two days in Seattle, including participating in the Torchlight Parade. For his re-election campaign, he’s a Republican facing four Democrat challengers in an overwhelmingly African American district.
Money is critical to his campaign. He doesn’t have much time before his reelection this fall. If he raised $1 per mile, he should have received roughly $2,000.
Even that amount would be embarrassing to talk about. He left with a basket without eggs. I hope he doesn’t think Seattle’s Asian community has given him the cold shoulder.
One Vietnamese American said if he had gone to California instead, he would have raised thousands.
So why didn’t more people attend the lunch? The host, Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce, did not reach out to the Asian community.
“He wasn’t promoted right,” a Vietnamese American said.
The Northwest Asian Weekly received only an e-mail about Cao’s visit only a couple days before he came.
When Joseph was part of the parade float, I could not see him at first. There was no written sign to introduce who he was on the float car. A petite man, Joseph was literally buried. ♦