At state Rep. Cedric Richmond's campaign kickoff for the congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao, Richmond seemed to be sending two messages, one direct and the other indirect. The direct message was aimed at Cao, whom Richmond assailed as part of "Sarah Palin's Republican Party." Richmond also led the crowd in a chorus of "Say it ain't so, Joe!" on a variety of Cao's votes, from health reform to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.
Richmond's secondary message at the event, held June 14 at the National World War II Museum, seemed directed at another challenger for the seat: fellow Democratic state Rep. Juan LaFonta. That message came in the form of a phalanx of state representatives that came in from Baton Rouge and stood together in the crowd to show their support. Among them: Reps. Austin Badon, Neil Abramson, Helena Moreno, Jared Brossett, Girod Jackson III, Walt Leger III, Charmaine Marchand Stiaes and Rosalind Jones. Emcee Virginia Boulet even joked that the room held enough state reps to form a quorum. — Kevin Allman