Comedian Jon Stewart used Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, and his south Baton Rouge congressional district on Wednesday night to satirize the federal government shutdown on the national comedy television program, “The Daily Show.”
In a skit, Daily Show Correspondent John Oliver, talking with host Stewart, said Cassidy’s district lines were redrawn as “turbo Republican” that virtually assured the Baton Rouge Republican’s re-election. The Daily Show is popular cable television show that appears daily on the Comedy Central channel.
Oliver and Stewart said because he was elected from a safe district, Cassidy is safe to support shutting down the federal government as a way to defund the federal health care program that is the signature program of President Barack Obama.
“He could poison a basket of kitties,” and still be re-elected, Oliver said of Cassidy and the congressional 6th District, “so long as Obama didn’t help him do it.”
The GOP-dominated Louisiana Legislature in 2011 realigned the 6th District lines.
The Louisiana secretary of state’s statistics say about 64 percent of the registered voters in Cassidy’s congressional district in 2010 were white. Nearly 40,000 black residents were shifted, mostly to Rep. Cedric Richmond’s majority-minority seat, during redistricting.
That is how the east New Orleans Democrat picked up so much of north Baton Rouge in his 2nd District.
Cassidy’s 6th District is now 74 percent white.
Cassidy won re-election in 2012 — with what The Daily Show called “Saddam Hussein-like” numbers — polling 79.4 percent of 306,713 votes cast.
With the north Baton Rouge precincts moved to Richmond’s district, Cassidy received 106,806 of the 140,845 ballots cast in East Baton Rouge Parish .
Cassidy won his seat in November 2008 with 48.1 percent of the vote against a Democratic incumbent and a black Democratic state representative who dropped his party affiliation as a prelude to the race.
In that race, Cassidy polled 83,874 East Baton Rouge Parish votes, while opponents Don Cazayoux and Michael Jackson, together, had 108,380 votes.
Cassidy did not respond Thursday to a request for comment.