You Screwed Up, You Trusted Us!

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Oct. 5 2010 10:01 AM

You Screwed Up, You Trusted Us!

Rep. Joseph Cao, last month :

Unlike just about all his GOP colleagues, Cao has backed PresidentBarack Obama on some (but not all) of his major initiatives. Even moreunusual these days, the two have struck up a warm relationship.

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David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 


On a personal level, Cao said, "I love the president, and I believe he truly likes me."

President Barack Obama, in an ad for Cedric Richmond, who's running against Cao.

Rep. Joseph Cao, now :

"He didn't even have the courtesy (to call us)" before running the ad, Cao spokesman Devin Johnson told "That hurt the congressman. At least, he wanted that courtesy."

It's quite a favor Obama did for Richmond; if Cao survives, he is the one candidate who faced down an ad starring Barack Obama.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.