Following a link on Hot Air that asked the question about whether Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor had “gone rogue”, I started reading this story on Politico by John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman titled, “Eric Cantor’s ambition raises concerns, debate.” I didn’t even make it out of the 2nd paragraph before I ran into something so jarring to read from allegedly informed professional journalists that I stopped in my tracks.
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor has asked the ethics committee to greenlight a national book tour this August for a new GOP manifesto he’s co-authoring with two younger members of Congress, according to sources familiar with the situation.
This is classic Cantor: a hyperambitious move to publish and push ideas he thinks will help rebrand the GOP, on his terms — and not necessarily those of his boss, Minority Leader John Boehner.
Emphasis mine. Newsflash to Politico: no elected representative from Ohio holds the title “boss” when referring to an elected official from Virginia. The “bosses” of Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor are the residents of Virginia’s 7th District – and don’t you for one minute forget it!
As Republicans we caucus with Republicans from other states because that’s how you get things done in a legislative body and we acknowledge leaders within that caucus who – with the input of our state’s representatives – formulate strategy to achieve those ends. But a “boss” he ain’t and both journalists and Ohio representatives should keep that firmly in mind. Cantor owes his work and allegiance to the people who elected him as their representative, not to the leadership of a party or a caucus. That’s how we get legislators in power who pass laws the vast majority of our citizens don’t want.