January 12, 2006


GOPer Tries To Move Up As Scandal Mushrooms (E.J. KESSLER, January 13, 2006, The Forward)

As Rep. Eric Cantor, the Virginia Republican, counted votes this week in his bid to become House majority whip, the conflicting perceptions of his own lobbyist ties suggested the depth of the challenge facing Republicans in the mushrooming Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal.

The leadership bid by Cantor, the sole Jewish Republican in the House, is part of a broader GOP leadership scramble touched off last weekend when Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas, an Abramoff ally, announced that he was resigning as House majority leader amid legal troubles of his own. Cantor, currently deputy whip, is being hailed by Republicans as part of a crop of reformers who can help the GOP overcome the Abramoff scandal. [...]

Among Cantor's ties to Abramoff was a 2003 fund-raiser at an Abramoff-owned kosher deli, whose catering costs were initially unreported in Cantor's campaign finance filings.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 12, 2006 3:09 PM

Oy vey, only in America! The only Jewish Republican in congress has a scandal in a Kosher deli. Speaking of which, I could use a corned beef on rye about now, but alas the nearest Kosher deli is a thousand miles away.

Posted by: erp at January 12, 2006 5:06 PM

The purported "scandal" is nothing -- even the MSM can't make the public care about some piddling ties to Abramoff. Disregard that angle.

As I recall, the 2004 Almanac of American Politics noted that Cantor had two straight 100 ratings from the American Conservative Union. And, as assistant to the House majority whip, he's in prime position for a move-up.

Eric Cantor, come on down!

Posted by: Matt Murphy at January 12, 2006 7:41 PM

Abramoff isn't mushrooming as long as Harry Reid and Byron Dorgan are at the top of the target list. Unless the press and the House Democrats are so gripped with insanity that they pursue it. But in a Reid/Pelosi cage match, I'd pick Reid (he does brag about being a former boxer).

Harry "The Body" Reid vs. Nancy "Stretch" Pelosi! Mark Levin has them pegged.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 12, 2006 11:21 PM
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