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Cross-posted from Brad's Brain.  

In Virginia's 7th Congressional district, where I live, Eric Cantor is our representative.   He is a rising star in the Republican party, having been named Chief Deputy Majority Whip after only one term in Congress.  He has been rated 7% by the ACLU, indicating his typically Republican aversion to civil rights and 0% by the League of Conservation Voters, demonstrating he has done nothing positive for the environment.  0% from NARAL.  Voted in lockstep with every failed pet project that the Bush administration has put before Congress.  And, as the only Jewish Republican in the House, he has stood in forceful support of Bush's unquestioning backing of all things Israel and its concomitant hatred of all things Muslim.

Enter Jim Nachman.  

He is running against Cantor this November and is facing an incredibly uphill struggle.  It's gotten easier now that Brad Blanton has withdrawn his independent bid and thrown his support behind Nachman in the mission to defeat "Cantor, George Allen and the other Bushite idiots."  Ouch.

Nachman's campaign site, which you can view here, gives you all the necessary information on all of his views.  He is running on a typical 2006 broad Democratic platform against the Iraq war, ensuring affordable health care, education, national security, and the classic chestnut anti-corruption.  In a quick review of the more in-depth analyses of his views, he stands for practically everything Cantor supports, from stem cells to border fences to Cantor's destructive environmental policies.

If you live in the 7th district, get out there and vote for Nachman.  Cantor has voted with the Bush administration 98% of the time and no longer represents what Virginia or America stands for.  It is time for him to be removed.

Originally posted to bherring2 on Fri Oct 27, 2006 at 09:09 AM PDT.

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  •  Will vote for Nachman, but.... (0+ / 0-)

    I certainly plan on voting for Nachman (I'm in the VA-07), but have been very disappointed in his (lack of a) campaign.  Cantor has several Achilles heels and NONE have been addressed.  I know our district is crimson red, but I think we could have had a better showing with some more Democratic effort.

  •  Cantor sucks... (0+ / 0-)

    ...but I don't understand why his religion has anything to do with it.

  •  Responses (0+ / 0-)

    janis,

    Oh, I totally get that.  In some ways this district can seem a lost cause where money is wasted.  I don't believe that's the case, especially in today's climate, and Nachman's saying everything right.  I, too, just wish I'd see some commercials or something (have been seeing signs at least).  Cantor's only got one commercial which I've seen a lot, and it's plenty positive, but he barely seems to need it.

    Red Sox,

    His religion is a kind of disguise, I feel.  He's not orthodox (as I literally saw him driving his SUV last Friday night), but he uses it as a bat to deflect criticism of how the Republican party is a party of Christianity, when he is one of the few select exceptions.  And it is indicative of his hawkishness, especially in his "right no matter what" view of Israel and how that has influenced his voting in Congress, especially in terms of multilateral negotiations with nations we might not like.  

    I really do think that Blanton's withdrawal, despite staying on the ballot, will be a huge boon for Nachman.  Probably not enough

    •  Huge boon? (0+ / 0-)

      The naked therapist wackjob? He maybe gets Nachman 3% more. Cantor's got thins thing won, but at least we didn't give him a free ride back to Washington.

      •  Relative huge boon, yes (0+ / 0-)

        Blanton did pick up 24 percent of the vote in 2000 also running as an independent, though with no Democrat running.  He's got a fan base that's apparently into naked therapy.

        And by no means do I realistically think this race is winnable.  But thank God we're running candidates here to at least begin to turn this district blue.  

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