Chances are if you're brown or live in DC you've read this piece on the emergence of the Indian-American political scene, which was published Tuesday in Roll Call. I don't normally read RC since I have access to the vastly superior CongressDaily, but this piece does not serve as a great introduction to their work.
The article covers familiar ground, dealing mostly in stereotypes and the same cast of desi Democratic insiders who should be familiar to anyone who lives inside the Beltway. Toeplitz discusses three desi Democrats (two of whom are doctors, of course) running for Congress next year and their varying levels of success in fundraising. Again, nothing new here. I would be interested to know the source for this statement, however:
Although Jindal is the highest-ranking Indian-American elected to office, the community as a whole leans to the political left, as demonstrated by the trio of Democratic Congressional candidates running next year.
There's no link or reference, and it's not a quote, so I assume this is based on anecdotal evidence since I've never seen national polling or Census data on the of party identification of Indian-American registered voters. While it makes sense demographically for Indian-Americans as a whole to lean Democratic, my suspicion is that the fundraising numbers are much closer than one would initially think; many of the "Aunty and Uncle generation," as the article calls them, are professionals or entrepreneurs and lean Republican. Of course, Bobby Jindal is the only conservative name-checked; there's no mention of candidates like Nikki Haley or quotes from desi Republicans. It's almost like they don't exist!
There's also a mention of Iraq War veteran and Democrat Ashwin Madia, who lost a congressional race in Minnesota last fall. Despite his military background and raising over $2.4 million, Madia was soundly defeated in the general election. Aside from Jindal, Madia has been the most viable desi candidate for Congress in recent years thanks to his impressive military record. I was fortunate enough to meet him at a debate-watching party during the campaign last fall, but came away surprisingly underwhelmed.