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Apr 12, 2011 12:48 PM by AP

Ex-Rep. says he'll seek Caldwell's job

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Joseph Cao will run this fall for the state Attorney General post now held by Buddy Caldwell.

Cao's campaign issued a statement Tuesday, not mentioning the incumbent, but touting Cao as a tough, principled lawyer and lawmaker.

Cao is a Republican and a Vietnamese-American who scored a political upset in 2008 when he defeated Democrat William Jefferson, the state's first black congressman since Reconstruction. Jefferson was favored in the heavily black, heavily Democratic New Orleans congressional district, however he also was facing a criminal investigation.

Last year, the district's voters returned a black Democrat to the seat, electing Cedric Richmond over Cao.

Cao's entry pits him against a fellow Republican. Caldwell was elected as a Democrat in 2007 but switched parties earlier this year.

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