I used to be an Eric Cantor supporter. I worked from before dawn on election day until well after dark putting up and taking down Cantor signs at the polling places. I rotated between polls in my District all day. Some days were nice, most were not. Cold to the bone. Wet. And all the days were long.
But I believed in what I was doing. And I also believed that Virginia and especially the 7th Congressional District was better off having a Congressman who was one of the Party Leaders – at first Whip and then Majority Leader when John Boehner moved up.
These are powerful positions and can have a great effect on Virginia and the District.
I believed it would be foolish to replace a high ranking elected leader with a Freshman who would be at the bottom of the ladder. We had political muscle in Washington, why would we want to get rid of that.
But as the years went on I realized that Eric Cantor no longer works for the District. He works for John Boehner and serves at his pleasure. And I find that what Virginia wants and needs, Cantor is unable to deliver or even articulate. Because what is important in Ohio, Boehner’s home stat, is the higher priority. And right below that is keeping Boehner in power by crushing any potential threats from Conservatives in elections that might throw the balance of support behind someone other than Boehner.
And that is why Eric Cantor and the Young Guns PAC attack. Not for Virginia, not for the 7th District, but to preserve the power of John Boehner and Eric Cantor.
Cantor cannot stand up to Boehner and keep his Leadership Position.
In essence, a vote for Eric Cantor is a vote for John Boehner.
We need representation in Virginia. Since Cantor abandoned his home district for John Boehner’s coattails and the power and money and prestige that brings to Cantor personally, Virginia has suffered.
I have learned that once a Congressman becomes a leader, he abandons his Constituents between elections, and then makes a mad dash home to get reelected.
Cantor’s District has been custom made for him. It is overwhelmingly Republican and very Conservative. The Hanover Delegation on Saturday voted against Cantor’s chosen District Chairman 2 to 1. 65% to 35%.
A funny thing happened while Eric Cantor was shining Boehner’s shoes.
Virginia’s 7th District voters called for help.
We called for jobs.
We called for an end to the spending.
We called for an end to the harassment from the IRS.
We called for an end to Obamacare.
We called for help. We cried out in the darkness and Eric Cantor was too busy in other districts trying to save Boehner’s (and his own) LEADERSHIP jobs.
And Cantor ignored our calls. Our pleas. Our cries for help.
We watched as Cantor strengthened out banking laws and then wrote a loophole to allow his wife to continue using inside information to make money without fear of the same laws we all live by.
We watched as Cantor promised to defund Obamacare, only to see him write Obama a blank check.
Cantor only decided to become interested in Benghazi and holding IRS bad girl Lois Lerner in contempt when it became an election issue. He has not uttered a peep until now. And Cantor remained silent as Boehner said he was not going to place Lerner in jail. That is up to Eric Holder.
And the people back home have noticed. And we are fed up. We didn’t sent Cantor to Washington time after time to make him rich. We sent him there to represent us.
And he stopped doing that when he became Minority Whip. And has actually been working against us since becoming Majority Leader. And he hopes to some day be Speaker. Do you think he will remember us?
A Freshman Congress will restore representation to the District. There is no Democrat running, so the winner June 10th is our next Congressman.
It is time to demand Representation again. We are surely taxed now without representation.
Dave Brat will take our concerns to Washington and will not be Boehner’s boot shiner.
In this case, a Freshman is the better choice.