Skip to comments.In New Kent, Brat backers hope to hold Cantor accountable
Posted on 05/28/2014 10:06:13 AM PDT by cotton1706
QUINTON, Va. The closest people in New Kent County come these days to seeing their congressman, Eric Cantor, is his sagging 4-by-6 campaign sign on the south side of U.S. 60, just beyond a filling station. Theres been a wave of mail. And the television ads, including one depicting his primary opponent, Dave Brat, as an out-of-touch, ivory-tower liberal who is wobbly on higher taxes.
That commercial, loudly branded by Brat as a fabrication, might not be having the intended effect for Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. House.
The ad is supposed to turn voters against Brat, an economics professor and a badly outspent longest of long shots. Instead, its turning out voters for him, mostly tea partyers and libertarians whos thinking is ABC: anybody but Cantor.
He was a lot more in touch when he first ran 14 years ago, Scott McPhail, the assistant manager of a local drugstore, said of Cantor. Its worth a few minutes of my time to put a scare in Eric Cantor; so maybe he will listen to his constituents and their concerns.
Voters like McPhail are demanding of Cantor what he has largely escaped since he was first elected in 2000: accountability.
Two years ago, Cantor crushed a primary challenger before easily dispatching a Democrat in the general election. This go-around, the primary will decide the seat. Democrats dont have a candidate, though some talk of voting in the open-to-all primary on June 10 in the faint hope of defeating Cantor.
Beyond incumbency, Cantors insurance policy is a gerrymandered district. Virginias 7th District is drawn to favor the GOP. It delivers about 60 percent for a candidate with an R after his name.
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After the anti incumbent losses in the GOP for Cantor type pro Amnesty GOPe yesterday, I hope Cantor goes down to send a message or two about who the GOP is and what they want.