An anonymous email is circulating around parts of Virginia’s 7th District making several absurd claims.
Like this one:
Will Dave Brat raise and donate $300-400,000 next year for our candidates for General Assembly? Will Russ Moulton or Fred Gruber?
The answer is a definite No!
Not because they wouldn’t want to, but because it is unrealistic to expect a Freshman Congressman to do any more for his District than any other Freshman Congressman. Look around the state. Are there any other Congressmen that raise the large amounts of money Eric Cantor was able to raise?
That is not in the job description.
The finances of the 7th District will resemble that of the other Republican Districts in Virginia.
But when you look at what Eric Cantor actually did with all the money he raised, it was less about supporting Republicans and more about supporting those who would now owe Cantor a favor.
It is called political capitol.
And the truth is Eric Cantor probably spent as much fighting against Conservative Republican Candidates in Virginia and around the nation to ensure the more liberal Republicans – the ones that are most likely to keep Cantor in power – as he did supporting Republican candidates.
Every penny someone accepted (or accepts) from Eric Cantor comes with strings and tentacles.
I have had several people ask me how Delegate or Senator so and so could endorse Eric Cantor and still be a true Conservative. The answer is always “Follow the money”. Cantor does not donate to candidates, he invests in candidates. And he demands a hefty return on his investment. And if he does not get the expected return, the unspoken threat is Cantor will not just cut off this money in the future, he will give it to someone else who will challenge the one who dares to defy him.
The money that was “invested” in the 7th District by Cantor was designed to benefit Eric Cantor and him alone. It may give the appearance of a magnanimous gesture on Cantor’s part, but anyone who knows the inside game knows that this was no selfless act. Rather, it was a selfish act designed to increase, maintain and consolidate Cantor’s power.
And to pretend otherwise is ridiculous.
What will happen in the 7th District is that the poor candidates and elected officials who have been propped up and protected by Eric Cantor are now on their own. I could name names, but all one need do is visit VPAP to see the names of those owned and operated by Eric Cantor.
The 7th District is free of the monetary influence of Eric Cantor that has been purchasing Republicans for years.
So the truth is, I would hope Dave Brat NEVER becomes a master manipulator like Eric Cantor. And if some of the candidates in Virginia’s 7th District, the entire state and even candidates around the nation that were bought and paid for by Cantor fail to win, it is probably good for America.
Eric Cantor became a cold, calculating puppet-master. He has his fingers in anything and everything that would benefit him politically or personally.
And we don’t really know what Virginia politics really look like free of the heavy hand of Cantor.
the 7th District’s funding will take a considerable hit without Cantor’s investments. But our freedom and autonomy will benefit far more as Cantor’s dominoes, propped up by his “buy in” fall in the not too distant future.
And for those lamenting the diminished funding, remember. The love of money is the root of all evil.
Breathe Deep, 7th District. The fog of Eric Cantor’s money is beginning to lift.