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The Ghost of Eric Cantor Still a Factor in Virginia’s 5th District Republican Primary

Eric Cantor was defeated in a primary election two years ago. But in Virginia politics, Cantor is a lot like stepping in old chewing gum on a hot sidewalk. No matter what you do, you just can’t get rid of it.

Now Cantor is still gumming up the works from the outside with organizations like the Virginia “Conservative” Network. The VCN is like a who’s who of political losers who are hanging around like gum on a shoe hoping somebody will be stupid enough to chew them again someday. Until then, they plot and meet in secret “invitation only” gatherings to discuss resurrecting the RINO clan.

But we always find out about these meetings and station folks at the venue to scope out the litany of losers and take names so we know who we need to protect ourselves from should we find them at our backs.

But these are the overt Cantor maneuvers we all know about.

Virginia Right! proudly endorsed our friend Tom Garrett in the 5th District primary race. And in a field of seven contenders (last I checked) Garrett is the only one with a voting record as he is presently a state Senator just starting his second term. Which is just the right amount of experience and record to know who he is and measure his record, but still be an outsider.

So how do you run in the Conservative 5th District against a man who has spent his career protecting the people as a prosecutor and amassing a Conservative voting record in the Senate? Well, one of the many opponents started out of the gate trying to convince people Tom Garrett is an Eric Cantor lackey. If I had even a hint of a notion that was true, I would not have even considered endorsing Garrett.

The opponent, Michael Del Rosso, by all accounts, is a Conservative. But we have no record to back that up with Del Rosso. And far be it from me to denounce negative cam paining, but going negative works better on low information voters than it does on the grassroots folk who are the ones who tend to vote in GOP Primaries and Conventions. We know all about Eric Cantor and his ghost. Eric is the boogieman in Conservative circles. One by one, those who hitched their star to his wagon are going down from Committee Chairmen to elected officials.

Del Rosso’s email listed a number of “facts” that are supposed to serve as confirmation that Tom Garrett is a Cantor clone. But those on the inside know that there is a big difference between the people who were truly “all in” for Cantor and carried his water and those that were merely doing what they had to do to avoid crossing the guy who was no doubt the most powerful political figure in the Old Dominion. Cantor, in his 14 years in Congress, rose from a freshman nobody to the Republican Whip and then Majority Leader who was about to be the next Speaker of the House when the voters fired him.

Eric Cantor was just about as powerful as they come in Washington. And while most people understood his influence in our nation’s capitol, few really knew or understood his power in his home state of Virginia. Cantor’s influence and power was absolute in the 7th Congressional District, his home and the most Conservative District in the state, by design. Cantor was protected electorally, at least from the Democrats.

He was vulnerable in a Republican Primary, but the odds were the longest of long-shots at knocking off a man of such power. But Cantor never took chances. The most likely challenge to Eric Cantor would come from within the Republican Party. A State Delegate or Senator being the most likely. But Cantor ruled the roost with an iron fist. He would not allow any elected official at the state or, sometimes, the local level to win if they may be a threat to him. With a wink or a nod Cantor could turn off the money or turn it on. And we all know it costs a lot to run for office. So the real power behind Cantor wasn’t just the money he personally delivered as much as it was the money from Cantor donors who could make or break any candidate financially. So if you expected to win your next election there was only one rule – do what Eric Cantor says or go home. For any elected official in the 7th District, you had a simple choice. Outside of the 7th Cantor was not as particular. But if he wanted you to do something, like endorse him, you do it or you are done.

It was that power that eventually became Cantor’s downfall. When he decided to take the decisions out of voters hands by slating delegates, that was probably the final straw for most. Slating, for those not familiar with it, is a process that Cantor used to send thousands of delegates home and give their votes to a handful of hand picked loyalists who would go to the convention. In other words, delegates were disenfranchised and Cantor appropriated their votes.

So Tom Garrett endorsed Eric Cantor over Conservative darling Dave Brat. So did most elected officials. Many privately told me they really liked Dave, but could not back him publicly. We all knew why. It was political suicide. Look at what happened to those who dared oppose Boehner on the first vote to elect him speaker. Boehner cut them off from everything. And one of those was Dave Brat.

But we know the elected officials who showed up and willingly and enthusiastically pushed for slating. We know because they sent emails asking Republicans to show up and stop the far right fringe – AKA true Conservatives.

Tom Garrett has never cast a vote I have had a problem with. And he has often been the loudest and most insistent voice for conservative legislation time and again.

For those who understand Virginia Politics, Tom Garrett did the absolute minimum for Eric Cantor that was necessary to not be an enemy. And nothing more. Very few elected officials in Virginia endorsed Dave Brat over Eric Cantor 2 years ago. And while I would have to say I would have held anyone who endorsed Brat over Cantor in the highest esteem, the odds were heavily in favor of Cantor winning and those who endorsed Brat having a new and very powerful enemy in Eric Cantor. And the next election, Cantor would remedy that with a well funded Primary Challenger to defeat anyone who dared oppose King Cantor.

But the ghost of Cantor is still making it’s way into campaigns. And that is sad. But truth be told, I would rather have Tom Garrett in the State Senate today than see a true Cantor water-boy replace Garrett. Virginia is better for it.

Tom Garrett a Cantor crony? Not even close.

But I have some advice for Del Rosso. How about, instead of smearing a great Conservative like Tom Garrett with absurd assertions and trying to tie him to Cantor, you let the 5th District know what you would do. I would have most likely supported Tom Garrett anyway, but this negative barrage which is completely false made it easy to scratch an unknown businessman from my card.

And I would urge voters to take notice that Del Rosso has not taken exception to a single vote cast by Senator Garrett. And please, let’s let Eric Cantor fade away. That was an ugly page in Virginia History that is thankfully over.

 


Article written by: Tom White

Endorsement: Tom White Endorses Jim Herring for Henrico GOP Committee Chairman

I know both Jim Herring and Eddie Whitlock and they are both good and honorable men. These two gentlemen are in a face-off for Chairman of the Henrico County Republican Committee.

But there has been a development the last couple of days that is about to rock the GOP establishment and it involved the Republican Party of Virginia and the work they are doing to sway this election and that of another friend running for State Central Committee.

The long tentacles of Eric Cantor have slithered into this race I am sorry to say. And the Virginia “Conservative” Network, the VCN. And these are the folks, if you don’t know, that support Cantor and his big money (screw the little people) fat cat bankers.

Jim Herring is a great guy with a big personality and is truly a “high energy” people person. And most of all, he is NOT backed by the establishment. We just tossed a Cantor loyalist from the Hanover GOP Committee. And we need to make the purge statewide.

Listen to this interview with John Fredericks on his radio show with Ron Hedlund. He exposes the shocking details of what is going on behind the scenes at RPV. And anyone that supports ANY candidate backed by these people is simply not interested in making Virginia a better place.

Listen to this:

 

 


Article written by: Tom White

Congressman Dave Brat Just Keeps Doing The Right Things

davebAs a Libertarian, I am used to disappointment. Some Libertarians choose to fight the good fight amongst other libertarians, some amongst civil libertarians within the Democrat Party – I’ve chosen to fight the battle amongst Republicans. Considering a Republican Leadership ruled by Boehner and McConnell, it is no great surprise that most evenings I feel as though my efforts have been for nothing. Except, every day I am reminded that the 7th District sent Dave Brat to Congress and I am reminded that no district has ever been so well served or represented.

Can you imagine that the 7th District used to be owned by Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader? Do you remember, Hanover County, when your Congressman Cantor lead the charge to funnel your hard earned tax dollars to Wall Street, to offer illegal immigrants amnesty, and to back a do-nothing Congress plagued by debt-limit increases, the Export Import Bank, and all kinds of K Street and Wall Street handouts? Look what you’ve done! Talk about reversing course.

Whenever I am discouraged, I think about Dave Brat let loose on Washington D.C., and with unimaginable expectations placed upon him, Congressman Brat has not failed to live up to all of them. The Cantor Crowd hates him more than ever. Boehner will have to contend with Brat and Meadows if he doesn’t get his act together.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Earlier today, Congressman Brat spoke out against the Iran TREATY. Yes, it is a Treaty and should be dealt with as such. Joining patriots like Mark Meadows, Glen Beck, Ted Cruz, Mark Levin, and even Donald Trump, Congressman Brat laid waste to the fallacious deal orchestrated by Secretary Kerry and President Obama.

He keeps doing the right things. While Cantor was flapping his lips and spending his K Street money, Congressman Dave Brat was meeting with his constituents, something Cantor forgot how to do – no, not forgot – refused to do! Eric Cantor didn’t want to deal with you people. Congressman Brat, on the other hand, meets with you, listens to you, and then goes back to Washington DC and REPRESENTS YOU.

There is a reason why we keep writing, why the TEA Party keeps fighting, why men of common sense and common cause continue in fidelity toward a brighter future and a better country: Congressmen like Dave Brat, Justin Amash, Thomas Massie, and Mark Meadows give us hope. Senators like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul give us hope.

As long as Ted Cruz and Dave Brat fight for me, I won’t stop fighting for what is right, what is good, what is constitutional, and what is American. When you’ve got a rock star in your backyard, it makes it all that much easier to fight the good fight, to get behind the conservative soldiers like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul in their pursuit of the Presidency. So, Congressman Brat, today and again, has reinvigorated me to engage, to reach out, to petition my elected representatives, to follow suit and stand up for an America with a Future. Believe me, the GOP Leadership is a cynical cult, which no longer believes in a prosperous America. But, the rest of America doesn’t have a Congressman to fight for them. We do. Enjoy that. Remember that. Fight for that!

Congressman Wittman are you listening? Rob? You listening? I didn’t see you on stage today. Why?

The 1st District deserves a Dave Brat. The 1st District deserves representation. Rob Wittman needs to join the choir or get out of the way. Just saying.


Article written by: Steven Brodie Tucker

Early VA State Senate Soundings (Subject to Change Of Course!) on Labor Day!

Here are my thoughts based on stuff I hear and stuff I am told on the likelihood of whether the GOP will hold the state senate:

With (gasp!) 25 contested races our of 40 it will be interesting on election night.  21 is the magic number

Solid D – 2(Locke), 5(Alexander), 9(McEachin), 18(Lucas), 25(Deeds), 30(Ebbin), 32(Howell), 34(Petersen), 35(Saslaw) = total of nine.

Probably D – 6(Lewis), 16(Dance), 31(Favola), 33(Wexton), 36(Surovell), 37(Marsden), 39(Barke) = total of seven for 16

Solid R – 4(McDougle), 14(Cosgrove), 15(Ruff), 22(Garrett), 23(Newman), 24(Hanger), 26(Obenshein), 27(Vogel), 28(Stuart), 38(Chafin), 40(Carrico) = total of eleven

Probably R – 8(DeSteph), 17(Reeves), 20(Stanley) = total of three and that makes 14

16 D  14 R

Let’s start in order:

District 1 – The incumbent D John Miller has a huge money advantage over R Mark Matney but he had not yet sealed the deal with the voters in 2007 or 2011.  (Sandy is helping Matney and that ought to be worth a point or two in this election!)  So this is a likely D district at this point.  17 D 14 R

District 4 – This ought to be a super easy win for Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment and it probably will be over vastly underfunded Hugo Reyes.  But the news has not been uniformly favorable for the incumbent and some tea party and evangelical types might stay home or only vote in local races.  Norment will win but he’ll have to spend some money this time.  17 D 15 R

District 7 – Another easy win ought to be here for Senator Wagner but he has a greatly funded opponent and I am told the D’s see blood in the water here so they are putting money into this race.  If so, this might be a toss up.  Added to that is the alleged involvement of the senator in the infamous “slating” controversy last year.  I’ll wait to see so it is a toss up.  17 D 15 R 1 tossup

District 10 – This ought to be a great race to watch.  Lots of people are trying to tell me Glen Sturtevant has this one fairly safely in the bag but I’m not convinced.  Gecker will have lots of money and if you do not like nasty campaigns, move to a safe seat instead!  I also think the Libertarian Carl Loser might have an impact.  I call it a toss up – 17 D 15 R and 2 tossups

District 11 – Amanda Chase pulled off a major upset in a three way race.  She suddenly had a campaign veteran – E. Wayne Powell.  I know Wayne (I like him too but we’re solidly for Chase here at the blog!) and he’s going to be a formidable campaigner (He ran against Eric Cantor and had clever signs that looked like realty signs for houses with Cantor for Sale and Powell Not for Sale.  The combo was very effective in the message.  Cantor had to run negative ads and there was that bar complaint at a key moment.) and I would not overlook Powell.  Slight advantage for the Rs.  17 D 16 R and two tossups.

District 12 – I am told this is a good GOP district and it should go to the GOP – The party will or have united behind Dr. Dunnavant and she should win easily.  17 D 17 R and two tossups.

District 13 – Senator Dick Black is great but he might be in a dogfight.  I suspect this will be a nasty fight, too.  McCabe has some money for a fight but Black has more and he’s a canny campaigner.  Let’s call this a tossup, too.  17 D  17 R and three tossups.

District 19 – I do not have a good feel for this seat.  David Suetterlein is the legislative aide for the incumbent and it reads like a GOP seat (Floyd and Salem, parts of Bedford County, Roanoke County, Franklin County, Montgomery County and Wythe County) but I am heading a sounding or two about how Michael Lawrence Hamlar is doing well in fundraising and he is slightly ahead of the Republican in money.  I’ll say slight advantage for the Republican.  17 D 18 R and three tossups.

District 21 – John Edwards, the incumbent Democrat seemed to be in serious trouble with two prominent opponents:  Republican Nancy V. Dye and independent Don Caldwell.  I am hearing that this race is leaning toward the incumbent.  18 D 18 R and three tossups.

District 29 – This is the district of retiring Senator Chuck Colgan.  I think the GOP picked the best candidate – Manassas Mayor (and son of a long time Delegate Harry Parrish) Hal Parrish.  he is leading the money race, too.  But the district may be tilted slightly toward the Dems in statewide races but the turnout is lower in senate races.  I say probably R – 18 D 19 R and three tossups.

If you scratched me for a “No Tossup” count – here it is:

I think the Republicans win all three but just barely.  Gecker could win in the 10th and McCabe could win in the 13th.  That would give the GOP solid control of the upper chamber with 22 seats to 18 for the Dems.

I plan to live blog the senate races on election night…

 


Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

Loser Cantor to help Loser Bush Lose

So now we know which of the dozen or more RINO’s the RINO Blogs will be supporting. Pay for Play. Look for the checks to start drifting to the RINO Blogs that are for sale to the highest bidder.

(Hint: That ain’t Va Right!)

I thought Walker might be the Corporate Owned candidate that all the RINO’s got behind (the Koch Brothers and Americans for Prosperity expect massive repayment from Walker for helping him fight off the recall elections in Wisconsin. And if he is elected, they will get it.) but with disgraced loser Eric Cantor being appointed to Jeb Bush’s campaign to slither his way on the ballot in Virginia, smart money says that the RINO Blogs will begin cashing checks and writing stories favorable to (Oh God not another) Bush. And of course with the Bush/Cantor checks comes the mandatory posts against the other candidates. Expect Trump to receive the most venom from the RINO Class blogbots because he is currently mopping the floor with Bush and the rest of the field. And we can expect the nativist/racist insults to be liberally sprinkled within the digital ink stream because Corporate Owned Politicians are under mandates to bring in as many illegal aliens for profit and exploitation as they can. Many of these illegal aliens replace American workers and other illegals end up as sex slaves for the enjoyment of the Corporate Owned Politicians and their masters. Remember the Acorn undercover videos that pretended to bring in under age girls from South America, right? They didn’t make that up. These are one example of the exploited illegal aliens that the amnesty advocates are enabling.

But Cantor falls into familiar territory with the Bush campaign. The Jebitch has been tooling around calling Trump a Liberal. Seems that he has already been getting advice from Cantor. As I remember it, Cantor lost to a “Liberal” college professor in a stunning upset.

Oh, I’m sure it will work out this time. After all, nothing wrong with trying the same tactics over and over again expecting different results, right?

But for those who worry about Cantor rearing his ugly head again in Virginia, I don’t think you have to worry. We didn’t see him back when he was supposed to be working for us.

And for the Cantor Zombies – here’s a reminder of the contempt real Americans have for you blind followers of the Corporate Owned Politicians:

I’m and Eric Cantor Zombie!


Article written by: Tom White