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Conservative grassroots shocks Team Cantor in his own district with surprise intra-party victory
breitbart.com ^ | 3/30/14 | Matthew Boyle

Posted on 04/01/2014 9:00:12 AM PDT by cotton1706

Conservative activists caught political operatives working for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by surprise on his own front porch on Monday evening, storming their way to victory against the GOP establishment in Virginia at a local party meeting.

Around 5:45 p.m. Monday, March 24 swaths of conservatives marched into the Henrico Board of Supervisors Meeting Room in Henrico, Virginia—inside Cantor’s congressional district. They were there for the Henrico Republican Mass Meeting, something both Cantor and his conservative primary challenger Dave Brat, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College, had been pushing their respective supporters to attend.

The meeting, Virginia activists say, had morphed into a surprise proxy battle because of a series of recent incidents in which GOP party officials departed from tradition and excluded dozens of conservative activists from attending local party conventions. The practice has been named “slating” and has come up in other states' GOP party chapters sought to exclude acolytes of Rep. Ron Paul.

Party officials, including top Cantor hands, were accused of slating at a March 10 meeting in Virginia Beach where 32 moderate, hand-selected Republicans were chosen for an upcoming convention instead of hundreds who had been eligible in years past.

“They ramrodded through votes to replace the list of 1000+ with a list of 32 moderates to carry the entire vote to the convention to ensure Eric Cantor’s ally State Senator Frank Wagner would be elected 2nd District chairman instead [of conservative Curtis Colgate],” said Brat campaign adviser John Pudner.

GOP State Party Chairman Pat Mullins even criticized slating in a Facebook post in late March, saying “it’s time to quit excluding and slating Republicans and time to start beating Democrats!” he wrote.

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections
From the article:

In an interview, Moulton ripped Cantor for working against conservative activists.

“I don’t understand why Eric Cantor is picking such a public fight with the conservatives in his own base,” Moulton said. “The Tea Party, the Liberty movement, pro-life conservatives, pro-gun activists. It just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me and I think in Henrico County and big group of them said that we weren’t going to take this anymore,” Moulton said.

“We need a unifying conservative Republican base to win elections and this divisiveness of Ray Allen, his consultant, is really, really very, very divisive, very disenfranchising, and really not helpful to them,” he added.

Brat aide Pudner called it a “stunning development gives further evidence of the surprise vulnerability of the re-election bid of the Majority Leader.”

Cantor and Brat will face-off in a June 10 primary election, and the Henrico meeting Monday has no direct impact on that race. But Pudner said it was nonetheless a sign of Cantor's weakness with only a little more than two months before primary day.

1 posted on 04/01/2014 9:00:12 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Any polling about this race?


2 posted on 04/01/2014 9:07:52 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: txhurl

“Any polling about this race?”

Haven’t seen any. But you can bet after this a poll will be commissioned and the result will undoubtably be (as it is in every other race) “Cantor crushing his primary opponent!”


3 posted on 04/01/2014 9:12:51 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: cotton1706

Mark Levin had a caller yesterday exposing Cantor for working with Democrats, using his PAC to defeat conservatives in VA.

This Cantor guy is a douche bag.


4 posted on 04/01/2014 9:14:44 AM PDT by gwgn02
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To: cotton1706

I live in IL so hate to comment on other people’s Senators ;-)

But it seems that this Cantor is a really slippery dude who love the game of “reach-across” and the DC party circuit with his “good friends” from the most exclusive club in the world. So I hope VA can find a way to deal with him, and we’ll keep work against his democrat counterpart, Dirtbin...


5 posted on 04/01/2014 9:14:48 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: bigbob

“Senators?”


6 posted on 04/01/2014 9:17:52 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: cotton1706

Is the GOPe douchebag retreat on Amelia Island this coming weekend?


7 posted on 04/01/2014 9:21:23 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: cotton1706

This is one smug little putz I’d REALLY like to see defeated.


8 posted on 04/01/2014 9:21:26 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: gwgn02

It was a really good call.


9 posted on 04/01/2014 9:25:52 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: cotton1706

This is why the RNC immediately changed the convention rules after the 2012 national convention, to make it all but impossible for grassroots groups to be delegates in 2016. The delegates will all be vetted by the moderate/business mossbacks in the RNC. This guarantees the demise of the Republican Party, of course.


10 posted on 04/01/2014 9:27:07 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: txhurl
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor: ‘Immigration Reform Could Be An Economic Boon’
11 posted on 04/01/2014 9:28:35 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: cotton1706
“I don’t understand why Eric Cantor is picking such a public fight with the conservatives in his own base,” Moulton said.

Seriously?? ya think maybe because Cantor is a DC insider criminal?? Moulton should have just alluded to that fact.

12 posted on 04/01/2014 9:32:03 AM PDT by drypowder
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To: gwgn02

In the last Republican convention, new rules were enacted to push out conservatives by the Rockefeller liberals that call themselves “THE Establishment” . They are nothing but RINOs and get ready for more bad rules , especially in the “delegate selection” process. They are ruining the credibility of the entire process. They don’t like “grass roots” conservatives. Fortunately their candidates suck and they are heading for some real butt kicking by real conservatives.


13 posted on 04/01/2014 9:36:25 AM PDT by SADMILLIE
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To: TexasCajun

Locking up our Border would be an Economic Boom Because we wouldn’t be spending our Tax-Payer dollars on paying for the worlds health care.

This whole Obamacare gag was created to do just that.To allow non U.S. Citizens to get care in the U.S. Free of charge.

These illegals are probably part of the 30 million plus uninsured that thus administration keeps talking about.Since it seems that the 30 million still haven’t applied for the insurance yet.What are they waiting for?


14 posted on 04/01/2014 9:39:24 AM PDT by puppypusher ( The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: txhurl

Good conservatives all over the USA need to learn from this victory in VA. Conservatives have been shunning local GOP party meeting as we felt the guys in charge were ignoring our views. Yes, they were but the best tactic is to show up in numbers and TAKE OVER, REPLACE the RINOs. Push good conservatives as delegates and candidates and maybe we won’t have to hold our noses to vote at the polls next time.


15 posted on 04/01/2014 9:41:37 AM PDT by RicocheT (Where neither their property nor their honor is touched, most men live content, Niccolo Machiavelli)
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To: txrefugee

My understanding was that they changed the rules just before the convention to prevent Ron Paul’s dirty little scheme to get unbound electors to vote for him.

The elder Paul lost any respect I may have ever had for him with that bit of dirty pool.


16 posted on 04/01/2014 9:43:21 AM PDT by Terabitten (I'd rather have one Walker than fourteen runners.)
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To: txrefugee

It’s sad that so many FReepers and Conservatives forget that fact and tear into any of us who advise that elections are moot - and rigged to ensure the Ruling Class Statists are always ‘selected’.

We are BEYOND elections to save what is left of Republicanism and liberty in this country.

But I guess nothing is worth fighting for in this country, unless it’s homosexual marriage and ‘tolerance’.


17 posted on 04/01/2014 9:57:23 AM PDT by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: gwgn02
This Cantor guy is a douche bag.

The scary part is that the GOPe will want to make him Speaker Douche Bag come 2015.

18 posted on 04/01/2014 9:59:58 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: cotton1706

“I don’t understand why Eric Cantor is picking such a public fight with the conservatives in his own base,”

I think it is because Rino’s have an inbred propensity towards losing battles.


19 posted on 04/01/2014 10:05:05 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: cotton1706

Cantor, nothing but a sock puppet. All these RINOs need to be removed and sent packing. I bet if they would lose they would run as libtard demonkrats.


20 posted on 04/01/2014 10:05:17 AM PDT by Busko (The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.)
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To: cotton1706

This is what we have to do to take our country back


21 posted on 04/01/2014 10:13:53 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: SADMILLIE

This excerpt from lessgovisbestgov.com gives an account of the lousy treatment of conservatives at the ‘12 invention and how it will ensure no conservative will be nominated in 2016:

“It’s a tad complicated but there were several changes to the Rules that were being considered on the very first day of the Convention while the chief organizer of the opposition to these rules changes, the senior delegate from Virginia and longtime Republican conservative activist Morton Blackwell, and the entire Virginia delegation were being driven around in circles by a bus at the very same time that the vote was being taken on the floor. Finally when delegates on the bus noticed that they were passing the same scenery over and over again they demanded that the bus driver stop the bus and let them off. Then they walked to the Convention Center! Unfortunately for them however they arrived late and the Rules Changes had already been adopted.

The general gist of the idea as it was portrayed by the people who were behind the proposed rules changes was to prevent a hostile takeover of the Republican Party and the National Convention by members of the Ron Paul contingent, the Ron Paul Revolution and the Campaign for Liberty. And without Mr. Blackwell present who is by no means a Ron Paul supporter and the members of the Virginia delegation present, the resistance to the proposed rules changes just faded away.

So what are the rules that were at issue and how were they changed? The two rules that were at stake were Rule #12 and Rule #15. Generally the changes in the rules shift power from the State and County Republican Parties to the National Party and the RNC, and to the Party’s Presidential nominee. That would be Mitt Romney. The changes in the rules are already being referred to as “The Romney Rules.” They effectively disenfranchise conservative activists of all kinds all across America. They disenfranchise TEA Party Activists, and not just Ron Paul supporters! Both the TEA Party Movement and the Ron Paul supporters sprung up as a result of the intransigence of the old school, old paradigm politicians, but instead of listening to the growing cries from the grassroots, the Establishment essentially muted the volume and turned them flat down!”

Any candidate looking for conservative votes in this year’s elections should pledge opposition to these outrageous, conniving rules changes.


22 posted on 04/01/2014 10:20:19 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: INVAR

Or, talk of forming a new party.
“third partys can’t win”
2016 might be the year it happens.
Options will reveal themselves in time.


23 posted on 04/01/2014 10:23:48 AM PDT by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: cotton1706

Dave Brat is great. He’s fighting a tough battle, against a well-funded, powerful incumbent. But Brat is taking it to him!


24 posted on 04/01/2014 11:05:07 AM PDT by karnage
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To: karnage

“Dave Brat is great. He’s fighting a tough battle, against a well-funded, powerful incumbent. But Brat is taking it to him!”

In my view, Cantor is only considered powerful because he’s the majority leader. He’s no political or intellectual powerhouse (like say, a Chuck Schumer or Newt Gingrich or Dick Armey or Tom Delay). He’s only been in the Congress since 2001 and was pushed up the ladder by Roy Blunt, who was in the House leadership and is now a senator (proving the old like that when a House member moves to the senate, it increases the intelligence of both bodies).

Cantor can be beaten! Or at most, weakened, so he doesn’t become Speaker.


25 posted on 04/01/2014 11:27:56 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: right way right

I’m no longer of the opinion that our votes matter outside of very local offices.

I believe that we have gone full Soviet and most Americans are sadly blind, or deliberately and willfully refusing to accept the fact and truth that we have suffered a velvet Marxist coup. Everything that is done now, is to create an illusion to placate the masses as they dig in deeper and entrench themselves into permanent positions of power.

For such is the history of every single Socialist person, group and party that has ever achieved national power.

Why should we assume we can vote out a coup? You’re seeing their efforts to ensure that there is no way We The People can revert us back to a Constitutional Republic.

We have to be thinking beyond elections if you want to hold onto what is left of your liberty.


26 posted on 04/01/2014 11:38:23 AM PDT by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: INVAR
I trend to agree with you.
Our “options” may become drastic in nature by necessity.
The true test is when they actually try to physically disarm the populace.
They have everything else in the bag already.
27 posted on 04/01/2014 12:39:44 PM PDT by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: bigbob

You guys in Illinois are going to have a tough time getting Oberweis elected....from what I have seen, the GOP “leadership” in the state won’t support him.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?


28 posted on 04/01/2014 1:07:02 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: txrefugee

They, like the IRS, literally held Conservatives Hostage.

Sickening.


29 posted on 04/01/2014 2:24:27 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: bigbob

If you look into Cantor’s career, you will see he was parachuted into the top leadership of the House GOP at the behest of big donors.


30 posted on 04/01/2014 8:36:30 PM PDT by Monmouth78
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To: cotton1706

Good news.


31 posted on 04/05/2014 8:00:01 AM PDT by Din Maker (Rand Paul, Rick Perry endorsed McConnell over Bevin. Neither will ever get my vote in 2016.)
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