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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.

Slating involves disenfranchising all properly registered delegates at a district convention in favor of a vote by only a few dozen handpicked delegates. This tactic was employed to protect the incumbent chairmanships of some Cantor allies: hundreds to thousands of Tea Party/conservative delegates have been forcefully ejected from VA RPV conventions over the past few weeks and months.

However, the ejected delegates and others opposed to Team Cantor have since had success appealing the slating attempts, leaving Allen and Cantor with little to show for their hardball tactics other than alienated constituents, a terrible local public relations problem, and worse, a rapidly gaining primary opponent in challenger Dave Brat.

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.

These bombshell allegations — implying that Eric Cantor’s reelection effort intends to dismantle the Republican Party of Virginia and to employ it as a vehicle for the expansion of Cantor’s power and influence — could not arrive at a more precarious moment for the Cantor campaign for two reasons:

1. Cantor just suffered a game-changing defeat at the Seventh District Republican Convention. On May 10, Linwood Cobb — a powerful Cantor advocate and ally — lost the chairmanship of the Seventh District to vocal Cantor critic Fred Gruber.

Additionally, Cantor’s speech at the convention received boos and heckling when he attempted to denigrate Dave Brat. Cantor, receiving this treatment in his own district, appeared visibly unnerved and needed to interrupt his speech to address the hecklers.

2. Cantor’s own recent comments put him in a difficult position for defending against these new allegations about Allen. Recall, Cantor just asked “kissing congressman” Vance McAllister (R-LA) to resign over his infidelity, which will perhaps be considered a much lesser offense by Cantor’s constituents than these allegations regarding the behavior of Cantor’s campaign.

Said Cantor of McAllister:

I just said, “Look, when we took the majority in 2001, I had said that we should hold ourselves to a higher standard,” … “And that’s why I did what I did and I told him I thought he should resign. Because, in my mind, what happened does not meet that higher standard.”

Additionally — and further undermining the strength of Cantor’s support network —  former Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling said the following after Linwood Cobb’s defeat and the heckling of Cantor on May 10:

Clearly, there is a battle taking place for the heart and soul of the Republican Party. We are seeing this battle play out all across our state. While the voice of every Republican should be heard, our challenge is to figure out how to be a conservative party, without allowing the most extreme voices of the day to control our party and determine its future direction.

I am contacting Bill Bolling to ask if Ray Allen’s reported behavior fits Bolling’s categorization of “most extreme voice of the day.”

I am also contacting Eric Cantor to ask if Ray Allen’s reported behavior — which Cantor can reasonably be presumed to have known of — meets Cantor’s categorization of a “higher standard,” and if he would have requested McAllister resign following publication of similar behavior by his closest aide.

I am also contacting Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat Mullins. Previously, I reported at PJ Media that Ray Allen’s company, Creative Direct, was the single largest recipient of RPV payments last year, receiving $1.13 million from the RPV in 2013. I am now asking Mullins if — in light of Allen’s reported behavior along with the conflict of interest presented by Allen’s contract with RPV — he will attempt to end the RPV’s financial relationship with Allen.

I have contacted Cantor’s primary opponent Dave Brat for comment about these latest allegations regarding the behavior of Cantor’s campaign. Said Brat:

I cannot emphasize this enough: the Republican Party of Virginia will never again be a strong, unified party until it rids itself of Eric Cantor and Ray Allen.

With those two around, forget any talk of mending the rift in the GOP, or of creating a “big tent” — these guys want a two-person tent. And we learn today that you, the constituents, are being treated as an obstacle towards reaching that goal, and not as their employers.

I am here to unify the party, to strengthen the party, to be a powerful representative voice for the Seventh District GOP, and to serve all Seventh District citizens no matter their party affiliation. A public servant, as per the intent of the House’s existence.

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In subsequent conversations with several sources, yet another issue has been raised regarding Allen’s heated statements, and the possible answers to this additional issue might dwarf even Team Cantor’s current headaches.

(Next article: What “money from Eric Cantor’s donors” could Ray Allen have been referring to?)

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Mr. Steinberg, if there was a conservative version of the Pulitzer, you'd be leading the pack right now.
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They are birds of a feather and always have been. The struggle is between the ruling class and the ruled. Politicians in general must be de-empowered.
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I have three brothers and parents living in Virginia. There is indeed a battle going on between the Republican Ruling Class (Cantor, Rove, Chamber of Commerce, Immigration lobby, etc, etc.) and the people. There are many hardball (criminal) things being done to unseat duly elected delegates and to otherwise keep the Party machinery out of the hands of the people. Eric Cantor is right in the middle of it and is showing himself to be a tyrant, not a conservative. This is now the trademark of the Republican Ruling Elite. Amazing the resemblance it has to the tactics and character described in Rules for Radicals. I guess they learned from Obama.
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There is no heart or soul to the Republican party since they have become a band of surrender monkeys to the progressives. A well placed meteor would be a good start since the voting booth has been co-opted by progressives and "Republican" progressives-in-disguise in order to perpetuate that war against the foundation of this once (but no longer) great republic.
22 weeks ago
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Out here in Oregon (and a large part of the rest of the country), Eric Cantor is viewed as nothing more than a rattlesnake who has shown virtually no loyalty to anyone except himself and who would stab his best friend (preferably in the back!) if he thought it would help position himself a little more positively in the minds of the average Low Info Voter.

Cantor is just a self-aggrandizing POS and is actually in lower esteem than Boehner...if that is possible! I would not personally trust ANY of the current GOP so-called "leadership" to do anything but deftly snatch another defeat from the weak, toothless jaws of victory currently hanging around. Rove is in league with a lot of the Democrat "leadership" to try to cough up (after a lot of political wretching) a "Democrat lite" 2016 candidate who will, as usual, lose to any Clinton, including Chelsea!

They are all useless as nipples on a boar hog, IMHO!!
22 weeks ago
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The GOP hierarchy, if they keep up attackig their base, will never be a majority party in Congress or the Leg'ever again. the base will stay home or go third party. There are consequences for 'slating' the base. I personally have long registered Independent precisely because I cannot trust the GOP hierarchy. I refuse to support the GOP until I can trust the leadership. I do not see that view changing in my lifetime. I, for one, will never forgive the GOP leadership for stabbing the Divine Sarah in the back like the treacherous weasels they are.
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Eric Cantor should probably get a scare because he has the one significant weakness- his wirfe is a Wall Street type, and he tends to do what the big banks want. Other than that, he is a perfectly decent center-right Republican, unlike Brat, who is out of the mold of Matt Bevin and Mark Levin. Brat winning here would not be a positive event for the GOP.

And Steinberg's breathless rumor/gossip eructations from "anonymous" sources- obviously tied to Brat- is as ingenuously self-serving as is a Levin rant. You know what? Jeb Bush is a fine conservative American who believes in free markets, choice, reform, and a return to ethical greatness after the appalling hiatus that is Obama. So was GWB, so is Mitt Romney, so is Ben Sasse, Mike Lee, Mitch McConnell, and John Boehner.
22 weeks ago
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"Brat winning here would not be a positive event for the GOP."

The district is a Republican lock, so whoever wins the primary wins the seat.

Brat's election would probably cause a power shift in the House, away from people who want amnesty and are afraid to confront Obama vigorously, to people who would demand we complete the border wall before we discuss immigration reform and who would challenge Obama head-on.

I see no downside.
22 weeks ago
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Never mind- I just noticed the usual dog-whistle about "amnesty", which tells me all I need to know. We are not talking serious policy, just code words for nativists and Randists. Levin is a hero, Charles Krauthammer is a RINO, right?
22 weeks ago
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You're an idiot if you think there's any upside to setting aside immigration law enforcement so the Dems can import 10 to 30 million voters. Nativism has nothing to do with it, it's about math.

Although you seem to have RINOs confused with serious adults, so I suppose you were told there would be no math--and that made you glad.
21 weeks ago
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I am anti-nativist and think "Ayn Rand" was a bit of a jerk, but I think amnesty is a serious issue. I appreciate people who do not want to throw everyone who is not 100% pure under the bus, but I think Ann Coulter has a point in this case.
22 weeks ago
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There are already enough intemperate bomb-throwers there- Amash, Steve King, etc. We need more adults who understand serious government. Cantor, except for his Wall Street weakness, is one of those- so is Paul Ryan.

Are you telling me that, say, Michele Bachmann is superior to Paul Ryan?
22 weeks ago
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Yes.

Paul Ryan is a liar and his budgets are farsical.

Michelle Bachmann warned us about voting in this current crop of Ruling Class Rhino's as leadership and she was correct.


You misread us badly if you think spit-shine-polish glossing over the lies we have been putting up with since Bush I is going to carry any weight with us.

Also, lose the snark, punk. We are serious adults who are damned serious about saving our country and our liberty from the fumbling hands of your ilk.

21 weeks ago
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Is this Eric Cantor we're discussing here, or is it Eddie Cantor? I get them confused, although I think Eric is a joke, but Eddie told them. Is that right?
22 weeks ago
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Great reporting by Steinberg. This is the kind of investigative journalism that used to be done by the main stream media. I know, ancient history. One must be thankful the real deal is still alive and well in the new media. What I appreciate about Steinberg is that he provides names and details. And keeps digging. Looking forward to the next installment. Turning out to be a regular 'who done it."
22 weeks ago
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Mr. Cantor and Mr. Allen are self-serving narcissist. RINOs to the core. It's all about perceived power and what's in it for them. Don't expect anything else from the 'establishment' /career tools and dupes. We the People need to come to grips with the FACT that they are not operating alone...the GOP is full of like-minded fools. They made their deals with the Devil long ago. They are comfortable with their choice to betray our Constitutional Republic for their own enrichment. Their Masters are pleased with them. It's bad enough that the Tea Parties and Patriotic conservatives have to battle tooth and nail with the leftist/socialist/communist who are embedded in our government. NOW we have Traitors in our own conservative groups we'll be forced to 'deal' with. GOD help us please...Amen
22 weeks ago
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The leadership and, unfortunately, many GOP candidates in Virginia, have always been far, far right. They have missed opportunities because of this. Some of the candidates they have pushed for election have had poor records as far as honesty is concerned. Virginia is no longer the "southern" agricultural state it once was. Voters, moving from other states, have changed the dynamics and a far right agenda is inappropriate to attract many voters
22 weeks ago
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The only way to save Virginia is to shrink the Federal workforce.
22 weeks ago
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By "far, far right" I guess you mean they expect the gop to govern by its written platform? Imagine the nerve...
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Oh, puhleeze. Define "far, far right." VA, particularly NoVA, have changed because goverment has exploded in size and all the teat suckers that support big guv have moved in and unionized and they ALL vote dem to keep the milk flowing.
22 weeks ago
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Cantor is a fraud. He must be defeated.
22 weeks ago
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Animal Farm.
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