After tea partiers and Libertarians primaried U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the 7th Congressional District, causing Virginians to lose their most powerful voice in D.C., Dmitriy Shapiro, political reporter at the Washington Jewish Week, observed (see Finding the next Eric Cantor: Rising Jewish Republicans):
With House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning loss last week, the highest-ranking Jewish Republican politician has suddenly been booted from power.
Elected in 2000 to represent Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, he was appointed chief deputy whip after only one term. When Republicans regained control of the House in 2010 and Rep. John Boehner was elected to speaker, Cantor took the reins as majority leader, a heartbeat away from becoming the chamber’s top Republican.
Is there another Eric Cantor waiting in the wings? Another Jewish Republican who, through energy, fundraising abilities, and disciplined public adherence to the GOP’s message has the potential to repeat the Cantor magic?
The loss of Majority Leader Cantor leaves big shoes to fill for those who follow. Shapiro lists three Jewish Republicans to keep an eye on: New York State Sen. Lee Zeldin, Los Angeles prosecutor Elan Carr, and Arizona State Rep. Adam Kwasman. His synopsis on each explains why they will be good for Republican leadership and the Republican Party. Good read….