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June 10, 2014
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor became the first person in American history to lose his primary while holding that position. He lost Tuesday night to a poorly-funded GOP opponent in the biggest electoral stunner in several cycles.
College professor David Brat defeated Cantor, 56 percent to 44 percent, with 80 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.
“I know there’s a lot of long faces here tonight,” Cantor told assembled supporters Tuesday night, with his wife standing by his side. “It’s disappointing sure, but I believe in this country, I believe there’s opportunity around the next corner for all of us.
“So, I look forward to continuing to fight with all of you for the things that we believe in for the conservative cause, because those solutions of ours are the answer to the problems that so many people are facing today.”
It is extremely rare for a member of House leadership to lose — especially in a primary. The most recent majority leader or speaker to lose re-election was the late Democratic Speaker Tom Foley of Washington. But he lost in a general election in the 1994 Republican wave.
Cantor’s defeat will likely send shockwaves through Capitol Hill. He was widely viewed as a potential successor to Speaker John A. Boehner for the top leadership spot in the House.
May 6, 2014
There are plenty of inspired fundraisers out there, but Illinois Rep. Bill Foster may have the most unique event of the cycle.
The Democrat now in his second stint on Capitol Hill is scheduled to host a trapeze school fundraiser in June, according to an invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call.
April 24, 2014
Updated 1:01 p.m. | Democrat David Kanuth is set to hit the airwaves for a Los Angeles-based congressional race after recently splashing across the radar screen of California political operatives with an $804,000 first-quarter fundraising haul.
In the race to succeed retiring Democratic Rep. Henry A. Waxman, the attorney will soon go on the air with a $62,000 ad buy, specifically in Palos Verdes, the South Bay and the Westside, which includes the cities of Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, according to a source tracking media buys.
The ad was not on Kanuth’s YouTube page as of press time, but the Harvard University alumnus has several other campaign videos up, including a one-minute bio spot and one in which he congratulates the runners of the Boston Marathon.
“Way to take this marathon right back. This is our [bleep]-ing city,” Kanuth says in the video, taking a cue from Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz.
April 2, 2014
Former Capitol Hill staffer Rick Weiland is running for Senate in South Dakota, and he was among the Democrats upset with the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on campaign finance.
The Supreme Court struck down aggregate contribution limits in a Wednesday ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission.
“Today’s decision of the United States Supreme Court to strike down any real limit on the purchase of our democracy by big money may be the worst decision made by any Supreme Court since the Dred Scott case reaffirmed slavery in 1857,” he wrote in a fundraising missive to supporters.
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January 2, 2014
Disgraced former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, who spent eight years in federal prison after being convicted of a litany of racketeering, extortion and money laundering charges, is mulling a bid for Louisiana’s 6th District, according to a local report.
Edwards, 86, is allegedly considering a bid for the seat being vacated by GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy because he believes the field on both sides of the aisle is weak, according to the Hay Ride, a Louisiana politics blog.
Three Republicans are currently running in the open-seat contest: state Sen. Dan Claitor, businessman Paul Dietzel and attorney Cassie Felder. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, a Republican, is also considering a bid.
November 11, 2013
Former Rep. Thad McCotter, the Michigan Republican who resigned last year after aides submitted forged nominating petitions, now alleges one aide was bribed to sabotage the congressman’s political career.
In a complaint filed with a local U.S. bankruptcy court, McCotter alleges his former aide, Don Yowchuang, was “motivated by the promise of financial gain” when he submitted nominating petitions for the then-congressman’s re-election with duplicate signatures, according to The Detroit News.