June 11, 2014

BUT CONSTITUENCY WORK IS SO BORING:

Over-confidence and neglect fuel Republican Cantor's stunning fall (JOHN WHITESIDES, Jun 11, 2014, Reuters)

Cantor, the second-ranked House Republican, had been widely viewed as a possible successor to House Speaker John Boehner. But his devotion to leadership and fundraising duties came at the expense of courting voters.

"All the hoopla about being a member of leadership doesn't mean anything to voters back in your district," said Republican strategist Rich Galen, who managed the 1992 campaign of the last member of leadership to lose a primary, Republican Guy Vander Jagt.

"I know just how those guys feel today," Galen said, sympathizing with Cantor's team. "If you have a choice on a Sunday between being interviewed on 'Meet the Press' or shaking hands with voters at Costco, you better be at Costco."
Posted by at June 11, 2014 6:18 PM
  
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