Rep. Joseph Cao (La.), the only House
Republican who voted
for healthcare reform, is also the only GOPer going to the Super Bowl
the White House.
Cao probably represents the seat that is the Democrats’ best chance to pick up a seat in what looks to be a difficult election year for the party. Obama won 75 percent of the vote in Cao’s district in 2008.
If last year’s Super Bowl is an indication, Cao’s attendance could be good for Democrats and the New Orleans Saints, who are making their first Super Bowl appearance after a fairly miserable history in the NFL.
Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) attended last year’s Super Bowl party at Obama’s new house. He rooted for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who won their sixth Super Bowl that year. A few months later, the Republican switched parties and became a Democrat.
Most of the lawmakers invited to watch the game at the White House are from the states represented in the game.
Cao is the only Louisiana lawmaker attending the White House party.
Reps. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) will also attend, according to the White House.
So will a number of cabinet members, including Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Sec. Janet Napolitano.
Here's the full list of attendees, according to a White House release:
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA)
Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA)
Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA)
Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN)
Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-IN)
Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN)
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)
Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT)
Secretary Shaun Donovan
Secretary Arne Duncan
Attorney General Eric Holder
Administrator Lisa Jackson
Secretary Janet Napolitano
Ambassador Susan Rice
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Secretary Eric Shinseki
Secretary Tom Vilsack