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  •  Eric's "difficult" rise to the top (1+ / 0-)
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    Cantor grew up in an influential Republican family, and was groomed for his seat by his father.  And this is from a positive article about him!

    He grew up in...a solidly Republican household .... His parents sent him and his two brothers to the Collegiate School, a prestigious private academy....His father, Eddie, Virginia Tech and the University of Richmond law school....Eric, the second of their three boys, [lived with his family].... in the upscale West End....

    As for his connection to Bliley?  The job was thanks to Eric's daddy's pull:

    In 1980, Eddie [Eric's father], who was serving as state treasurer for the Reagan campaign, recruited Tom Bliley, Richmond’s Democratic former mayor, to make what turned out to be a successful run for Congress as a Republican.... The family effort included Eric, who volunteered on the campaign. “They were like peas in a pod,” Bliley said of 17-year-old Eric and Eddie, who was a delegate to the 1980 Republican nominating convention in Detroit.... As a freshman at George Washington University, in 1981, [Eric] Cantor interned in Bliley’s Washington office, and the next year he was promoted to chauffeur, driving Bliley around during his re-election campaign.

    And how did Eric manage to pull himself up by the bootstraps and into politics himself?  

    All three Cantor brothers joined the family’s commercial real-estate business. Eric—the only one to follow their father to law school—was put to work handling routine legal transactions.... In 1991,... Eric Cantor filed his candidacy for a vacant seat in the ... lower chamber of Virginia’s legislature. With help from his father and other Republican party activists who had watched him grow up, Cantor assiduously collected endorsements, and he beat his nearest primary challenger by nearly a 2-to-1 margin....

    Talk about a "culture of dependence!"

    "Failure is impossible." -Susan B. Anthony

    by NCJan on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 06:07:36 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks, good research... (0+ / 0-)

      Cantor has relied on his connections to keep him in politics and before the 2010 House shake-up, he was a good little soldier, standing next to Boehner and helping him throw minority party bombs.

      Now, with the chance to show Boehner's weaknesses, Cantor's agenda is becoming more obvious.  Cantor has courted the Baggers, probably hoping they can help with his intended coup.

      I haven't been able to figure out Cantor's motives with his emergency relief funding for more cuts stance, but if it should come to a vote, the Baggers could vote with him, defying Boehner again, while those up for re-election and the Dems would vote it down.  Another impasse and no funds for FEMA.  win/win.

      May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. George Carlin

      by msmacgyver on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 07:31:49 PM PDT

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