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UPDATE, 9:00 p.m. EST: Virginia political blogger Tom White offers an example of Shaun Kenney’s recent behavior in the service of Eric Cantor’s primary campaign.

In early March, a third candidate named Peter Greenwald was still active in the primary race. Greenwald, along with Dave Brat, was challenging Cantor from the political right. White, who felt Brat was the stronger challenger to Cantor, wrote a post suggesting that Greenwald bow out of the race.

Shortly thereafter, Shaun Kenney interviewed Greenwald. Kenney prefaced the interview by referring to White’s post:

So I read this piece from Tom White over at Virginia Right over the week, and I couldn’t help but think that it just didn’t sit right. So I took the time to do a “Five Questions” interview with former U.S. Navy commander Peter Greenwald at his home in Chesterfield. What I found was that Greenwald — far from the lunatic or fanatic some are feverishly trying to paint him as — is a remarkably profound and Christian man with the courage to wear his faith on his sleeve.

What was supposed to be a one-hour chat turned into a two-and-a-half hour conversation about faith and family, motivating principles, America’s national security and defense, and above all else Greenwald’s overwhelming concern for the federal debt and the national deficit.  One thing struck me very quickly — Greenwald is a genuine candidate with very real motivating principles that are different than David Brat’s more libertarian-leaning concerns.  Greenwald was a realist in every term, knowing that he had an uphill campaign against Majority Leader Eric Cantor with a small chance of success, but knew that any victory he had would be attributable — according to his faith and values — to God.

Walking away, I drew two lessons: (1) Brat is not going to push Greenwald out of the race, and (2) Greenwald and his army — flying column might be more like it — are going to wear out significant shoe leather making a go of this campaign.

Recall: Kenney’s consulting firm was hired by Eric Cantor’s campaign, and Kenney was subsequently appointed as Virginia GOP executive director. Days after Tom White suggested that Greenwald bow out of the race so a stronger challenge to Cantor could arise, Kenney criticized White and conducted a praise-filled interview with Greenwald.

Kenney’s interview oddly referred to Brat as “libertarian-leaning,” claimed Greenwald has “very real motivating principles” as opposed to Brat, and insisted that Brat would not push Greenwald out of the race.

In service to Eric Cantor, it appears that Kenney spent two-and-a-half hours misrepresenting himself and his motives to a former U.S. Navy commander. In the commander’s home. Was he directed to do so? Did his employer know or approve of the dishonest interview?

Forget it, Jake. It’s Cantortown.

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UPDATE, 4:30 p.m. EST: Eric Cantor’s primary opponent Dave Brat has provided me with an exclusive response:

“Since no Democratic challenger has emerged from that party’s own primary process, the GOP primary election on June 10 will result in the next U.S. Representative for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District.

Yet with this revelation, any pretense of fairness regarding that June 10th election has been dashed.

We now ask Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat Mullins to explain how and why Shaun Kenney was appointed Executive Director.

We are also calling for an independent investigation into the financial relationship between Eric Cantor, Shaun Kenney, and the Republican Party of Virginia.”

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On a local website co-managed by Shaun Kenney, the newly appointed executive director of the Virginia GOP, a colleague of Kenney’s admitted last night that Kenney’s political fundraising and consulting firm is employed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Cantor is now campaigning to retain his seat in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. Cantor’s challenger for the GOP primary on June 10 — Dave Brat — is politically on Cantor’s right, and is thus receiving national interest from conservative/Tea Party groups that are disappointed with Cantor’s record as majority leader.

The magnitude of the revelation can not be overstated: GOP voters in Virginia’s 7th District have just learned that the person appointed to manage the primary election season for the party is being paid by one of the candidates. And, in addition to the disqualification of Kenney as a fair arbiter of the primary, the financial ties obviously raise the question of whether Cantor, the most powerful Republican in Virginia, had Kenney installed as executive director.

Further, the article revealing the financial ties attempts to describe a longstanding relationship between Cantor and the partners at K6 Consulting. However, this appears to be irrelevant. Cantor’s own financial disclosures for 2013-2014 do not include any records of payments made to K6 Consulting or any other entity tied to Shaun Kenney. The article claims that the upcoming FEC financial disclosure will reveal that K6 is employed by Cantor.

Unless Cantor’s financial disclosures were incomplete, K6 Consulting signed a contract with Cantor just in the past few weeks or months, as Kenney was being selected as executive director.

Indeed, this matches with what I have heard from multiple sources.

Last week, I was told that in recent weeks Shaun Kenney was overheard on more than one occasion — and at two different locations — claiming that “he had landed the big fish, Cantor.” The two locations were the Republican Party of Virginia Headquarters and the Richmond General Assembly Building.

 I will update this article as I receive more information.

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Death to the Republican Party.
Long live the Tea Party.
19 weeks ago
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Kenney was taped a week or so ago meeting with some "activists" pushing amnesty for illegal aliens.....his first act as head of the Va GOP...among other things,he said that the GOP needed to drive out the "nativists" in its ranks that oppose amnesty for illegals.....well,my family has been Republican since the days of Teddy Roosevelt....and the cold fact is ,Kenney doesn't have either the balls or the stroke to drive me out of the GOP....so I tweeted the little pr!ck and told him so...the guy is a pompous little dweeb who sounds appallingly ignorant on tape.....I suggest everyone trash him continually from now on....I certainly intend to...until the Va GOP realizes what a loudmouth little coward they have saddled themselves with
19 weeks ago
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So what I am getting out of this article is that the Establishment GOP is just as sleazy and corrupt as the Democrats.
19 weeks ago
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Why of all the important races that are coming our way in Nov where we need to defeat actual Democrats -- why are we all expending all this time and effort huffing and puffing over Cantor. He strikes me as a completely reasonable guy.

But putting that aside, some of the supposed damning facts presented -- especially at the end of the article are quite thin -- I mean, really(?) "such and such was "overheard" --(!?) really? You really want to criticize a sitting powerful politician who quite naturally attracts many enemies (from disgruntled ex employees to other people who think themselves very smart and who were perhaps not hired or overlooked in some way by Cantor) by claiming that, "Shaun Kenney was overheard on more than one occasion ..." -- "overheard" -- Wow, that's quite thin.

If this is ok with you, then you should never again complain when the MSM prints stories and doesn't report sources.

It tells me that the author is desperate for some reason -- and that makes me question his motive. I have no reason to love or hate Cantor. But until we knock out all the Democrats, why not keep sure Republican winners in office -- especially seemingly competent ones like him.

Enough with this inter-Republican warfare.
19 weeks ago
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The VA GOP is so extremely corrupt already. It is unfortunate that with all the gains they have enjoyed over the years that it appears they will have to lose and lose and lose some more to gain back a modicum of conservatism.
19 weeks ago
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THERE IS PART OF THIS ARTICLE THAT IS >>>BS<<<<< BEFORE YOU PRINT ANOTHER WORD GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT. I WAS COMMANDER PETER GREENWALD'S CAMPAIGN MANAGER. FACT: No one not Shaun Kenney or anyone representing him called our Campaign for any interview in fact IF ANYONE HAD BOTHERED TO CHECK they would have found THAT I WAS THE ONLY ONE THAT SET UP THAT INTERVIEW. I WAS THE ONE TO CALL SHAUN AND I AM THE ONE THAT CHOSE HIM TO DO THE ARTICLE I SET THE TIME AND PLACE FOR THE INTERVIEW SHAUN WAS ONLY THE WRITER. NOW HEAR ME LOUD AND CLEAR I DEMAND AN APOLOGY TO COMMANDER GREENWALD AND TO SHAUN KENNEY AND A FULL AND COMPLETE RETRACTION. OH BTW MY NAME IS DAVID FRIEND CAMPAIGN MGR FOR GREENWALD FOR CONGRESS.
19 weeks ago
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Please stop SHOUTING.

You make yourself look like an idiot. I'm pretty sure that's not what you meant to do.

You would help your cause a lot if you would calm down and present your case coherently.

I've read it twice and I'm still not sure what you are trying to say. You are going to have to learn to communicate effectively if you are going to help anybody win any races.

If this is the best you can do, Mr. Greenwald should fire you immediately.

19 weeks ago
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Everyone, please pass this around. I live in Virginia, very close to Cantor's district. I'm at the point with him, that I'm ready to print up my own information, which I plan to place in local stores to get the word out about him. This is good information. He is so corrupt, and he has to be removed.

I've heard talk about him being a Fabian Socialist, and I believe it.
19 weeks ago
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We need some serious housecleaning here in Old Dominion.

They handed the governor's office to Terry McCauliflower, of all people, rather than supporting a conservative, and did the same with AG.

These people are EVIL.

19 weeks ago
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I was a resident and voter in Virginia for many years. The far right ruled. We kept one boorish representative for years because some thought he could not be defeated. He is retiring from office....never having been challenged. The candidates the GOP ran for his opposition were, in many cases, people who barely showed up to vote
19 weeks ago
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As with Mark, I do not think it means what you think it means. "The establishment" has ruled, not the "far right". If you did what the establishment wanted, you were rewarded. If you stepped off the reservation, even if it was for something obviously conservative, you were persona non grata. The GOP lost the gubernatorial election because the candidate was not blessed by the establishment and was woefully underfunded while Billary and crew dumped millions of dollars in the Democratic and Libertarian campaigns.

(I would be curious if it comes out that someone from the establishment also coordinated funding the Libertarian in order to enforce party unity in the future.)
19 weeks ago
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" The far right ruled."

I do not think that means what you think it means.

19 weeks ago
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Death to the Republican Party.
Long live the Tea Party.
19 weeks ago
19 weeks ago Link To Comment
Kenney was taped a week or so ago meeting with some "activists" pushing amnesty for illegal aliens.....his first act as head of the Va GOP...among other things,he said that the GOP needed to drive out the "nativists" in its ranks that oppose amnesty for illegals.....well,my family has been Republican since the days of Teddy Roosevelt....and the cold fact is ,Kenney doesn't have either the balls or the stroke to drive me out of the GOP....so I tweeted the little pr!ck and told him so...the guy is a pompous little dweeb who sounds appallingly ignorant on tape.....I suggest everyone trash him continually from now on....I certainly intend to...until the Va GOP realizes what a loudmouth little coward they have saddled themselves with
19 weeks ago
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While this isn't a shock to me, it's excellent to see a take down of one of the many corrupt liars in the GOP. Undoubtedly my comment and this article will be met with much hand-wringing and regurgitation of the phrase "circular firing squad" to which I say vote Democrat. As your life-philosophy clearly aligns with the criminal enterprise known as the Democrat Party.

Now, if we could just catch McConnel, Bohner, Graham, and McCain with their hands in the cookie jar.
19 weeks ago
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So what I am getting out of this article is that the Establishment GOP is just as sleazy and corrupt as the Democrats.
19 weeks ago
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Yes, but they only use those tactics against their own base.
19 weeks ago
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"America was founded on the notion that most politicians can only be expected to be ornery, low-down, crooks. Nobody in those days was fool enough to believe they could be Light-workers, Messiahs and create a world without guns. Thus in the Founder’s view the only way to guard against rogues was to ensure that government remained as small as possible relative to its essential jobs; to change those in office frequently and often, like we change underwear.
The Founders saw roguery as the byproduct of high office. And so they wrote a constitution — you know, the document more than a hundred years old that nobody smart reads any more — to keep the weeds down. For they knew better than our modern enlighteneds that any politician sufficiently powerful to disarm the people is sufficiently powerful to sell missiles bought from Russia to Muslim rebels in Mindanao.
Unless one remembers this there is no defense against crooks in high places.
http://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2014/03/27/yee-gads/
19 weeks ago
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Perfect. Nothing to add. I just wish we could get a majority of Americans to understand this.
19 weeks ago
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Bingo! We have a winner!

Oligarchs, mandarins, local, state and federal, left, right or center, it doesn't matter which party or ideology they claim, they are - except for a very *few* among them - all corrupt.

Even Common Dreams has something resembling a clue....

https://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/14
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