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Eric Cantor Earns an Opponent - Dave Brat
Conservative HQ ^ | 2/10/14 | CHQ Staff

Posted on 02/10/2014 7:18:10 AM PST by xzins

Once thought of as a possibly more conservative alternative to establishment Republican Speaker John Boehner, establishment Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (VA-7) long ago proved he is fully invested in Boehner’s lobbyist-driven legislative agenda.

The Murray-Ryan budget and Amnesty for illegal aliens are just the latest in a long list of betrayals conservatives have suffered at the hands of Eric Cantor.

From breaking the spending caps in the sequester, to voting for the Wall Street bailout through the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), when faced with a choice between business -as -usual and fighting for limited- government constitutional conservative principles, Cantor always sides with Big Business, Big Government and the Capitol Hill establishment.

Due to the fact Cantor occupies the number two leadership position in the House Republican Conference and can use that position to use the legal extortion Capitol Hill politics have become to raise a vast campaign war chest, it has been long-assumed (especially by the Republican elite) that his position is unassailable.

Enter Dave Brat, chairman of the department of economics and business at Randolph-Macon College, whom Amanda Chase, Cantor’s former political director, told National Review Online “is probably the first time that Eric has had a credible opponent with a comparable education and background”.

“He had two CRs at the end, one in favor of the shutdown and one opposed to the shutdown at the same time,” Brat told National Review Online’s Betsy Woodruff. “And that’s fairly symbolic of unprincipled leadership. I mean, that’s not a leadership position, where you’re on Side A and Side B at the same time and you’ve got your finger up in the air, checking which way the wind is blowing.”

In addition to chairing the college’s economics department Brat also heads Randolph-Macon’s BB&T Moral Foundations of Capitalism program. The funding for the program came from John Allison, the former CEO of BB&T (a financial-services company) who now heads the Cato Institute.

According to reporting by Woodruff, Brat and Allison share an affinity for Ayn Rand: Allison is a major supporter of the Ayn Rand Institute, and Brat co-authored a paper titled “An Analysis of the Moral Foundations in Ayn Rand.” Brat says that while he isn’t a Randian, he has been influenced by Atlas Shrugged and appreciates Rand’s case for human freedom and free markets.

While we like Dave Brat’s intellectual background (got a business degree from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, then went to Princeton seminary) and especially the way his religious background informs his views on economics: “I’ve always found it amazing how we have the grand swath of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and we lost moral arguments on (fiscal-policy issues) the major issue of our day,” he told NRO’s Woodruff, Dave Brat isn’t some egghead professor – he’s the candidate of the grassroots limited government constitutional conservatives and Tea Party movement activists.

“It’s a big decision to fire your congressman and replace him with somebody else,” Larry Nordvig, head of the Richmond Tea Party told NRO, “but I think people are tired of hearing the rhetoric and seeing the opposite of what they’re looking for in a conservative leader.”

We couldn’t have put it better Larry.

As we keep reminding ourselves and our friends and readers: It's the Primaries, stupid!

Eric Cantor long ago abandoned whatever principles he may have had when first elected and, we should emphasize, any pretense of serving in Congress to advance conservative governance. Eric Cantor is all about maintaining the power of the Republican establishment and that is indeed the opposite of what we are looking for in a conservative leader.

The Virginia Republican primary election is June 10, 2014. To learn more about Dave Brat or volunteer or contribute to his campaign go to www.davebratforcongress.com or contact:

Friends of Dave Brat P.O. Box 5094 Glen Allen, VA 23058-5094 Phone: 804-496-8214 Email: campaign@davebratforcongress.com


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cantor; cino; cronycapitalism; rino

1 posted on 02/10/2014 7:18:10 AM PST by xzins
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Eric Cantor long ago abandoned whatever principles he may have had when first elected and, we should emphasize, any pretense of serving in Congress to advance conservative governance. Eric Cantor is all about maintaining the power of the Republican establishment and that is indeed the opposite of what we are looking for in a conservative leader.

The Virginia Republican primary election is June 10, 2014. To learn more about Dave Brat or volunteer or contribute to his campaign go to www.davebratforcongress.com or contact:

2 posted on 02/10/2014 7:18:39 AM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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Cantor primaried

McConnell primaried

Boehner primaried

Graham primaried

Is PAUL RYAN, backstabbing, anti-veteran pseudo-conservative being primaried?


3 posted on 02/10/2014 7:20:46 AM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

I wish Mr. Brat all the good wishes that I can!


4 posted on 02/10/2014 7:23:20 AM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: xzins
Support Dave Brat to oust Eric Cantor in VA-7

Also, press your Representative to NOT support Cantor for Speaker.

5 posted on 02/10/2014 7:31:31 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor)
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To: xzins
Is PAUL RYAN, backstabbing, anti-veteran pseudo-conservative being primaried?

Yes. By one of our own,

Support FReeper Eric Gurr to oust John Boehner in OH-8

Also, press your Representative to NOT support Boehner for Speaker - or Cantor, either!

6 posted on 02/10/2014 7:33:04 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor)
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To: Howie66

Me, too. We need to remove all the cinos.

Some might say that rinos are the traitors and cowards, but a cino pretends to be in favor of preserving those things that have produced America’s greatness, they get involved with those doing this vital mission, and they stab them in the back.

I don’t care about the republican party.

But I care about preserving the greatness and exceptionalism of America.


7 posted on 02/10/2014 7:33:35 AM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Paine in the Neck

If Eric Gurr is opposing John Boehner, who is opposing PAUL RYAN.


8 posted on 02/10/2014 7:34:35 AM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: FReepers
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9 posted on 02/10/2014 7:39:57 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: xzins

I can’t vote against Cantor but I can contribute to his opponent.


10 posted on 02/10/2014 7:43:36 AM PST by jch10 (John Beohner has got to be removed from the Speaker position.)
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To: xzins
I don't know yet - but there is a Facebook page dedicated to finding a candidate.
11 posted on 02/10/2014 7:44:22 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor)
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To: Paine in the Neck

I tried to make a contribution but was unable to. There was no way to contribute by credit card......checks only....


12 posted on 02/10/2014 7:50:53 AM PST by jch10 (John Beohner has got to be removed from the Speaker position.)
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To: xzins

That is EXACTLY what is wrong with the GOP Establishment and the RAT Party, in general. Everything that they care about is the advancement of The Party even if that means that the Constitution and the Country suffers.

I am NOT a “Party First” kind of guy. What matters to me is to return our government to what our Founding Fathers envisioned when they laid it all on the line. Anybody that can’t agree with this philosophy has no business at all in being in any Public Office in my humble opinion.


13 posted on 02/10/2014 7:53:35 AM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: xzins
re: Paul Ryan. Even if he isn't primaried, I'd go one further. I'd want the dem to win if it's the only way to defeat him.

He betrayed conservatives totally.

14 posted on 02/10/2014 7:59:50 AM PST by grania
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To: jch10
I tried to make a contribution but was unable to. There was no way to contribute by credit card......checks only....

I just tested it. CCs work fine. Click on the $15 button on the right - you can change the amount on the next screen.

15 posted on 02/10/2014 8:01:04 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor)
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To: grania; Gamecock

16 posted on 02/10/2014 8:34:29 AM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

Enter Dave Brat, chairman of the department of economics and business at Randolph-Macon College, whom Amanda Chase, Cantor’s former political director, told National Review Online “is probably the first time that Eric has had a credible opponent with a comparable education and background”.

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That sentence is so poorly constructed that I had to read it more than once. Why is Cantor’s former political director making a favorable statement about this guy? Context would have been helpful.

On a positive note, this guy sounds like a godsend if all of this info about him is true. I would imagine he can take it in the political ring, too; with a name like Brat, he had to develop a thick skin growing up.

All sorts of great campaign slogans/signs could be played off the name Brat.


17 posted on 02/10/2014 8:57:58 AM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: xzins

Well said!


18 posted on 02/10/2014 8:59:20 AM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: Bigg Red

I wonder if the former campaign director has decided Eric is a phony and has left the reservation?


19 posted on 02/10/2014 9:02:02 AM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

Good! Take out the weasel.


20 posted on 02/10/2014 9:08:45 AM PST by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: xzins

Excellente!


21 posted on 02/10/2014 9:37:15 AM PST by Lexinom
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To: Paine in the Neck

Thanks. I changed the amount and it worked fine.


22 posted on 02/10/2014 10:28:40 AM PST by jch10 (John Beohner has got to be removed from the Speaker position.)
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To: xzins

It is VA, and there are only 400,000 or so conservatives left there, and the number is shrinking fast.


23 posted on 02/10/2014 3:33:12 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
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To: xzins

I wonder just how many disabled veterans even know of Ryan or his treachery.


24 posted on 02/10/2014 3:34:13 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
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To: Theodore R.

If they are in any of the veteran or active duty organizations, then they’ve heard about Ryan’s treachery.


25 posted on 02/10/2014 3:49:42 PM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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WI has a late primary, September; so someone could run against Ryan, but they are probably afraid to do so considering his popularity there.


26 posted on 02/11/2014 7:12:50 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
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To: Theodore R.

I just signed a petition to put Mr. Brat on the ballot.

The 7th District is solidly conservative. These small districts are where conservative votes count.


27 posted on 02/24/2014 3:52:23 PM PST by agrarianlady
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