I don’t normally link to Pajamas Media, but this story is fascinating (assuming it’s accurate, and I sure hope it is!!!) with regard to Eric Cantor, his Tea Party opponent Dave Brat, and the future of the Republican Party of Virginia, among other things. The story comes in the aftermath of the stunning defeat of Eric Cantor’s close ally as 7th CD GOP Chair this past weekend, as well as this straw poll showing Cantor getting trounced by Brat among 7th CD Republican convention attendees. Speaking as a Virginia Democrat, this is a heck of a lot of fun to watch.
Sources tell PJ Media that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s long-time top consultant, Ray Allen, has “angrily” stated to multiple individuals that he intends to bankrupt the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV), to install his own people throughout all levels of RPV’s State Central Committee, and to rebuild the RPV with money from Eric Cantor’s donors.
Ray Allen is considered the “brain trust” of Eric Cantor’s Young Guns, which has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars and has hired staff with the intention of retaking control of the RPV at all levels. (Eric Cantor and Ray Allen lost control of the RPV in 2012, when Tea Party/conservative candidates won seats at all levels of the party, taking majority control from Cantor allies.) In this effort to reclaim the majority, Ray Allen has helped orchestrate the parliamentary procedure of “slating” at several RPV conventions this season.
Sources additionally claim that Allen has attempted to meddle in the multiple appeals of his slating attempts – Allen was reportedly looking to guide how the appeals should be conducted.
P.S. I’m not hungry right now, as I just had a delicious Banh Mi sandwich from the Song Que Deli at the Eden Center in Falls Church (just $3.75 and amazingly good quality), but if I were hungry, I’d definitely put on some more popcorn right about now. 😉