You know the implausible story Eric Cantor told yesterday about how his campaign office had been the target of a shooting incident? (His exact words were: "Just recently I have been directly threatened. A bullet was shot through the window of my campaign office in Richmond this week.")
Well, even if it weren't for the fact that Richmond police are saying the bullet was fired randomly, there would be reason to be skeptical of Cantor's claim. It turns out that it is nearly impossible to imagine that anyone ever could have figured out that the building in question housed his campaign office...because the building isn't even in Eric Cantor's congressional district, and it's not his campaign headquarters.
Instead, the building (located here) is actually in Virginia's 3rd congressional district (map here). Cantor represents the 7th.
Probably because the building isn't in Cantor's CD, it doesn't have any actual campaign posters or other markings to indicate that Cantor has an office inside it. Moreover, the building's address is not listed on his campaign website, so even if the bullet hadn't been fired randomly, it's virtually impossible to imagine how somebody could possibly have decided to target this location.
The final question is this: even if the bullet hadn't been fired randomly, even if somehow somebody figured out that Cantor had a campaign office inside this building which is not in Cantor's congressional district and is not listed on Cantor's website, then why in the world would someone who had gone through all those hoops end up firing the bullet into the wrong office? Remember, even though he has an office in the building, his office itself was not struck.
The bottom-line is this: every piece of available evidence undercuts Cantor's claim that his office had been the target of a shooting. Given that he made the claim in the context of a blisteringly partisan attack on Democrats, it shouldn't be hard to conclude that he lied. At the very least, there is essentially no evidence that he's telling the truth -- and reporters (especially the one he lied to) shouldn't be afraid to say so.
(Special thanks to the reader who e-mailed me the tip about Cantor's so-called "campaign office" not being in his congressional district.)
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