Thank you, Eric Cantor: Outgoing Congressman vows to vote for Brat, and that’s important.

Eric

Dave Brat, Republican

Though not a glowing endorsement, outgoing Congressman Eric Cantor vowed to vote for Dave Brat in the November election, an important step in unifying Republican Party elements in the wake of Cantor’s bruising primary defeat last week.

Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union, Cantor said, “I want a Republican to hold this seat. Of course. Of course. This is about making sure that we have a strong Republican majority in the House.”

For Virginia conservatives, this is strikingly different than what happened during the 2013 gubernatorial race when moderate elements led by former Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling withheld support from conservative Republican Ken Cuccinelli. Bolling’s criticism of Cuccinelli led former Cantor aide Boyd Marcus to endorse crony capitalist Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who won the gubernatorial election by a thinner-than-expected margin.

The 2013 race, like the Brat vs. Cantor primary, was yet another battle between pro-market, liberty-oriented Republicans and Big Business, cronyist Republicans.

All too often, conservatives are expected to rally behind the Republican nominee when a moderate wins (a la, Romney 2012), but moderate Republicans are labeled “statesmen” when they defect and endorse Big Business Democrats or remain silent.


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This author believes a “thank you” is in order to Congressman Cantor. Certainly, his comments aren’t the same as a full-throated endorsement and promise to hit the campaign trail with Brat, but it’s a lot better than what former Cantor allies did when the conservative candidate emerged as the Republican nominee in Virginia.

According to the Cook Political Report, Virginia’s 7th District is ranked R+10, meaning it’s pretty strongly Republican-leaning. In 2012, Mitt Romney carried the district with 57% of the vote.

Ironically enough, the Virginia congressional delegation — led by Eric Cantor and his political allies — re-drew district lines in 2011 to protect incumbents like Cantor:

“It’s an incumbent plan, not a Republican plan,” said former GOP Rep. Tom Davis, who retired as Connolly’s predecessor in 2008. “Republicans have locked in their eight seats. Democrats get Connolly’s seat.”

The incumbent-protection scheme clearly serves Republican interests, though at the cost of weakening the party’s hand in defeating Connolly in Democratic-leaning Northern Virginia, where population growth has made it more difficult for the GOP to defeat him in any case.

Thank you, Congressman Cantor, for your vow of support for Brat.

Read at:  http://www.unitedliberty.org/articles/17945-thank-you-eric-cantor-o...

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He had better.

Even if he does, that is no skin off his nose. Cantor got filthy rich while in office and will end up somewhere making big money and may very well still be effecting policy decisions for Team Obama. 

We need to be concerned about the Democrat scheme to redistrict the Electoral Votes.  They are working on it at the present time.  What is being done to prevent them from accomplishing this?  I have not heard any new info. on this of late.

Saying one thing doing is another. He's a flip flopper. Yes , he might get his vote as he working and raising money for the other side. If we didn't trust him in office, why should we trust him now?

Just another lie from pond scum. Cantor will do all he can behind the scenes to ensure that a true conservative never sits in that seat.

Eric Cantor has demonstrated a world of class upon losing to Dave Brat!  Too bad, when in office, he didn't demonstrate the same class!

He's just sukin'butt,to keep viable

This is a step in the right direction. Let us remember...Eric Cantor is not the cause of Americas many problems.

It is but remember he's been playing on the side of the RINOs....not the people.

 "Whenever people are well-informed they can be trusted with their own government." --Thomas Jefferson

Maybe waking up to his big mistake of not listening to the people? How many more are still in the dark like Boehner and King??

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