Cao For Secretary Of State?

Last night on the Advocate’s political blog, Marsha Shuler reported soon-to-be-former congressman Joseph Cao is mulling a run for Secretary of State:

“I’m considering my options,” Cao said when asked about the possibility.

Cao lost a re-election bid Nov. 2 to the New Orleans-based 2nd Congressional District seat, which he has held for one term. Democratic state Rep. Cedric Richmond of New Orleans won the election with 65 percent of the vote.

Current Secretary of State Jay Dardenne will be sworn in as the newly-elected lieutenant governor on Nov. 22, leaving the job without an incumbent when regular elections come around next year.

So far, Dardenne’s first assistant Tom Schedler, a former Republican state senator from Mandeville, has said he will be a candidate for the vacancy in the state’s chief elections office. Schedler will run the secretary of state’s office until someone is elected next year.


Should Cao run, he’ll face perhaps an even more uphill fight than he had against Richmond. Schedler is in the race and apparently newly-minted Republican state rep Walker Hines, whose positioning as a New Orleans centrist would make him hard to distinguish from Cao. And of course there will likely be a Democrat of some stripe vying for the seat as well.

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