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Democrats help tea party take down Eric Cantor

By Lynn R. Mitchell

It has been a lingering question some have asked for a couple of years: could the Democrats have infiltrated the tea party and libertarian ranks to drive the internal takeover of the Republican Party and defeat Republican elected officials?

An interesting article in Friday’s Washington Post (see I’m a Democrat and I helped the tea party unseat Eric Cantor) seems to confirm those suspicions.  Democrat Brian Umana wrote:

The truth is that Cantor’s electoral demise did not occur overnight. It was the culmination of more than four years of grass-roots organizing, from both the right and the left, to unseat him. Behind the scenes, Cantor opponents who otherwise had little ideological common ground cooperated in his demise. I know, because I helped engineer it.

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Democratic reaction to Eric Cantor’s loss inspires Dem candidate

By Lynn R. Mitchell

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement Tuesday on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary defeat:

“Tonight’s result in Virginia settles the debate once and for all – the Tea Party has taken control of the Republican Party. Period. When Eric Cantor, who time and again has blocked common sense legislation to grow the middle class, can’t earn the Republican nomination, it’s clear the GOP has redefined ‘far right.’ Democrats on the other hand have nominated a mainstream candidate who will proudly represent this district and I look forward to his victory in November.”

Democrats are dancing in the streets over Cantor’s loss and have now fielded a candidate who will run in the general election in November.

John “Jack” Trammell is a professor at Randolph-Macon College and was nominated Monday to represent the Democratic Party. He has already set up a Facebook page and a website. His resume is on the website — political science undergraduate, advanced degrees or certificates in education, special education, history education, and research methodology. His bio says he has been a prolific writer in many diverse areas including two dozen books or book chapters, and he was a regular contributor to the Washington Times.

If Democrats win in November, what has been gained? If Democrats win, an awfully lot has been lost for the GOP.

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Photos: In loss, Eric Cantor reached out to make others feel better

By Lynn R. Mitchell

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Congressman Eric Cantor lost Tuesday night’s Republican Primary for the 7th Congressional District but while addressing the room where hundreds of supporters and campaign volunteers had gathered, he reached out to comfort them.

Noting that he knew there were heavy hearts in the room, he said he knew they had worked long hours in the heat, and he thanked them. He thanked supporters who had been there and voted and cheered for him. He thanked his wife Diana who stood by his side.

In the hour when he most certainly must have felt a tremendous weight, his thoughts were for those who had been by his side. As he exited the room beside where I stood, he hugged well-wishers along the way who reached out to a caring, kind man who had been painted by the opposition as something else. The American dream — immigrants who came to America, worked hard, raised a family, and saw a son not only succeed but become the second most powerful Republican in the United States of America — that all should have been proud of but voters chose to go in a different direction.

How sad for Virginia. How sad for America. How sad for the 7th Congressional District.

This will play out in time. A door closes, a window opens. There’s more in store for Eric Cantor … wait and see.

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
June 10, 2014

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Live-blogging with Eric Cantor’s campaign supporters

7:00 p.m. We’re in Richmond with Eric Cantor’s campaign workers and supporters waiting for election returns to come in from today’s primary.

7:20 The parking lot is filling and people are pouring into the hotel’s ballroom where a big screen is reporting returns and folks are munching on appetizers. Media is here including John Fredericks with his radio show.

7:30 Brian Kirwin is here from Blogging Drift … drove up from the beach. Also Jason Kenney, Peter Foster, Anna Lee, Fay Williamson, the Big Wand ladies Jean Gannon and Cathy from Powhatan….

7:45 Returns are coming in with 33% of precincts reporting.

8:10 It looks like Congressman Eric Cantor may lose this primary election. State Board of Elections is slow reporting numbers but Fox News, CNN, and other outlets are saying it’s over.

8:30 Congressman Cantor just addressed the crowd at the Westin and said the things we beli

8:40 A crowd showed up and in the confusion no one knew what was going on with the chanting but apparently they were pro-amnesty folks.

9:00 Everyone has left the ballroom, police showed up, and the crowd has dispersed including demonstrators. We’re still confused as to what that was all about.

9:54 We’re passing Charlottesville heading back to the Valley after the disappointing loss of Eric Cantor. I posted on my Facebook status:

Congressman Eric Cantor has lost to the tea party in the 7th Congressional District of Virginia. He addressed the room at the Westin Hotel in Richmond in front of hundreds of supporters and volunteers from today’s election. Sadly, politics in Virginia has taken a bad turn for those who believe in pragmatic, reasonable government. Congratulations to Dave Brat on his win … now to see what he does with it.

As we’re driving along in the dark Virginia night, many thoughts are going through my head so I just posted another status update on Facebook:

Eric Cantor for President! We’re on our way home to the Valley and I’m thinking about everything the Congressman has done for Virginia and America and what we could do to tap into such a leader. We could have the first Jewish Republican President of the United States!

Or even Vice President to someone like Jeb Bush. Something to think about.

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It’s Primary Day! Please vote Eric Cantor

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It’s Republican Primary Day in Virginia. Until 7:00 p.m., regular precincts will be open for voters in the 7th Congressional District. Please take a few minutes to stop and cast your vote for Congressman Eric Cantor.

The opponent got it wrong … it’s not OPEN Primary Day. It’s REPUBLICAN Primary Day.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch endorsed Cantor in one of the most powerful endorsements I’ve ever read, noting:

The initial impression proved accurate and enduring. In 1991, Eric Cantor first ran for a seat in the House of Delegates. He dropped by our offices to introduce himself to the Editorial Board. The meeting impressed the participants, as Cantor projected a maturity seldom seen in politicians with far more experience. We anticipated great things. In 2000, Cantor won election to the House of Representatives. The Times-Dispatch subsequently called him “indispensable.” The Almanac of American Politics cited the description.

“Indispensable.” It was true in 1991 … his experienced leadership is needed now more than ever. Today is the day … no convention to sit through, just a quick stop at your regular precinct to cast your vote and continue with your day. Say hello to the friendly Team Cantor folks who are out in force working the polls including my 80-something parents! Vote Eric Cantor!

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Photos by Davis Rennolds and Jeff Britt
June 10, 2014

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Eric Cantor strongly endorsed by Richmond Times-Dispatch

By Lynn R. Mitchell

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Not only did the Richmond Times-Dispatch endorse Congressman Eric Cantor for Tuesday’s Republican Primary, they did so solidly, enthusiastically, and with conviction:

The initial impression proved accurate and enduring. In 1991, Eric Cantor first ran for a seat in the House of Delegates. He dropped by our offices to introduce himself to the Editorial Board. The meeting impressed the participants, as Cantor projected a maturity seldom seen in politicians with far more experience. We anticipated great things. In 2000, Cantor won election to the House of Representatives. The Times-Dispatch subsequently called him “indispensable.” The Almanac of American Politics cited the description.

Cantor remains indispensable. He has risen to a congressional position — House majority leader — more elevated than any held by a Virginian in modern times. His responsibilities rely on his skills and must tax his patience. The congressional caucuses for both parties seldom resemble garden clubs. Floor leaders not only lead but also serve at the pleasure of their members. And they have an obligation to govern. Cantor presides over a kindergarten; Democrats, who seemingly have not graduated from preschool, control the Senate and the presidency. House Republicans cannot always get what they want.

Cantor effectively has encouraged them to make their case. As whip he rallied his Republican colleagues to unanimous opposition to Obamacare. The House has passed numerous bills that offer alternatives to the Obama administration’s agenda. Harry Reid labels most of the GOP initiatives dead on arrival when they have reached the Senate.

One line especially stood out to me:

Cantor reflects Reagan’s optimism and shuns the politics of resentment that pollute today’s climate.

And there’s plenty of the politics of resentment in the 7th Congressional District as proven by the vitriolic writings of those who are for Cantor’s opponent.

The endorsement ended with this:

This is not the moment for the U.S. to diminish its presence on the global stage. Cantor is situated to reset the reset.

A curse says: May you live in interesting times. The times are interesting indeed. Republicans tempted to dismiss Cantor as a lackey ought to ask: Would Nancy Pelosi consider Eric Cantor an insufficiently zealous supporter of the conservative cause? Would Harry Reid? Would Barack Obama? It is preposterous to suggest he is. Cantor leads from conviction.

Citizens in the 7th House District should vote for him on Tuesday, June 10.

Voting on Tuesday, June 10, is from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the regular polling places. Please vote for reasonable, rational leadership. Please vote for Congressman Eric Cantor.

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Mom with Congressman Eric Cantor

Eric Cantor 14 MomThere’s my mom dressed in white standing next to her Congressman Eric Cantor (R-7th) — my growing-up stomping grounds. In pink is Jean Gannon (BigWand.net) and on the other side of the Congressman is Karen Wooten (BigWand.net) and staffer extraordinaire Kristi Way. They were at Congressman Cantor’s lunch Sunday afternoon in Brandermill. Thanks to the Big Wand ladies for the photo!

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‘The tea party is after Cantor. Seriously.’

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The headline says it all. People are scratching their heads at the challenge by a frenzied anti-Cantor group in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. Reporter Matt Bai is baffled (see The tea party is after Cantor. Seriously.):

In a lot of ways, Dave Brat is your typical tea party-style insurgent running in a Republican primary this year. He’s an economics professor at a tiny college, a striped-tie, free market enthusiast who decries debt and immigration. He has the backing of the crankiest conservative bloggers and radio hosts, one of whom, Laura Ingraham, appeared with him at a rally this week.

But Brat isn’t running to unseat some mush-ball moderate or no-name state legislator backed by the local chamber of commerce. No, Brat’s opponent in next Tuesday’s primary is Eric Cantor, the congressman from Virginia’s 7th District and the second most powerful Republican in the House. Which highlights a question that’s becoming more germane as this season of Republican disunion drags on:

Just how conservative do you have to be before these conservative activists will leave you alone?


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Laura Ingraham: We should have traded Eric Cantor for Bergdahl

By Lynn R. Mitchell

“I was thinking about this prisoner swap. I kind of wish that President Obama would have thought this through a little bit more. Instead of sending five Taliban MVPs over there, he could have just traded one Eric Cantor.” –Laura Ingraham, conservative talk show host

What is she thinking? She is suggesting one of the most powerful leaders in United States government — the second most powerful Republican, no less — be traded to the Taliban, even if in jest.

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LTE: ‘Cantor is principled and experienced’

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By Lynn R. Mitchell

The letters keep rolling in to newspapers in support of Congressman Eric Cantor including this one that appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Thursday urging 7th Congressional District Republicans to vote for Cantor in the June 10 primary:

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20 made-up lies about Eric Cantor … and the truth

Eric Cantor 8By Lynn R. Mitchell

Lies and rumors about Congressman Eric Cantor have been widely distributed by tea party candidate Dave Brat’s supporters. As we near the June 10 primary for the 7th Congressional District, it’s time to set the record straight. Here’s the truth from Brian Schoeneman in response to 20 lies about Eric Cantor that were posted in the Bearing Drift comments from a Dave Brat supporter (see Liberal professor David Brat pulls a two-face two-step by Brian Kirwin).

Lie #1: Eric Cantor made insider trading illegal for Americans, but exempted his family members.

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Culpeper supporter shares reasons to vote for Eric Cantor

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By Lynn R. Mitchell

In the Culpeper Star Exponent newspaper, a letter to the editor was written by Hagazi Kebede of Culpeper supporting Congressman Eric Cantor for reelection in the 7th Congressional District primary on June 10….

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U.S. House schedule for Wednesday, May 21, 2014

From Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s office….

On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

One Minute Speeches

H.R. 4031 – The Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014 (Suspension, 40 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Miller / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

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WSJ: ‘Eric Cantor, Tea-Party Posturing, and the GOP’

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By Lynn R. Mitchell

Dave Brat, challenging U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, has criticized the Congressman for allowing an increase in the debt ceiling and voting for a budget that didn’t defund Obamacare even though the House has repeatedly tried to repeal it.

Peter Wehner, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and who served in the last three Republican administrations, responded to Brat’s criticisms of Cantor in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal with Eric Cantor, Tea-Party Posturing, and the GOP:

Eric Cantor is a conservative by any reasonable standard. But that’s not enough. Some on the right insist that conservatives also be aggressively stupid; that they embrace tactics that might make them and their cause more unpopular. In politics, there have always been people who thrive on relentless confrontations, who want to go over the cliff with all flags flying, and who seem oddly enamored with the auto-da-fe. Such people can be amusing in small doses, but in large doses they can harm a party and a movement. [emphasis added]

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Cantor challenger Brat stands up Grover Norquist

tea party flagBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Mr. Brat didn’t go to Washington on Wednesday.

The Dave Brat campaign set up a schedule of events for Wednesday in D.C. that included a meeting with Grover Norquist and made sure to spread the news to the press and social media and even the Washington Post.

Washington Post reporter Robert Costa wrote:

Brat, a primary challenger to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), made arrangements to attend two exclusive meetings Wednesday: anti-tax activist Grover Norquist’s weekly breakfast at the Washington offices of Americans for Tax Reform, and the Weyrich lunch, a Capitol Hill gathering of hard-right operatives named after the late conservative strategist Paul Weyrich.

Calls were made, details were confirmed, and on Monday, Brat said in an interview that he was excited … He was ready to make his pitch to the grassroots power brokers who have lifted conservative unknowns with their mailing lists and social-media reach.

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