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OOPS: Top Cantor Aide Inadvertently Suggests Gutierrez Strawman Scheme

May 29th, 2014 - 10:46 am

Yesterday, I investigated the objectively too-cute coincidence of Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), amnesty champion, showing up in Eric Cantor’s backyard to lambast Cantor as being “the one man blocking immigration reform” just days after Eric Cantor direct-mailed each human-shaped object in his district to claim he was exactly that — the man blocking amnesty. Gutierrez’s appearance was all the more suspicious with hindsight, as Cantor and Gutierrez participated in a three-day speaking tour last year to promote “comprehensive immigration reform.”

The mailer this week was coordinated by Cantor’s long-time top advisor Ray Allen, who is also the principal at direct-mail firm Creative Direct.

Cantor’s primary opponent Dave Brat arrived at the Richmond capitol building two hours before the Gutierrez event to draw attention to the coincidence. Said Brat, after referring to Cantor’s prior support for various piecemeal amnesty bills such as the DREAM Act and the ENLIST Act:

Eric Cantor saying he opposes amnesty is like Barack Obama saying he opposes Obamacare.

Last night, in response to a Roll Call interviewer questioning him about the dueling themes at the two press conferences earlier in the day, Ray Allen said the following:

Gutiérrez, from his point of view, has a legitimate beef with Eric Cantor because he blocked the Senate’s amnesty bill; David Brat is just lying.

Objectively, Allen just urged Roll Call readers to accept that Gutierrez — the man who orchestrated an event that included signs declaring Eric Cantor to be the chief enemy of his cause — was the man to listen to.

From Allen’s comment, no logical conclusion can be drawn other than that Cantor and Allen were pleased with Gutierrez being there, and were not pleased that Dave Brat preempted Gutierrez’s event.

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Cantor is a dirty establishment type who has no use for conservatives unless they toe the line and give him their votes and money. He is only interested in staying in power and this is only the most recent example. It makes me sick to be a Virginia Republican.
21 weeks ago
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There's a man with a blog over there; telling me I've got to beware.

But of what to beware? Has Cantor spelled out his position on amnesty? Proposed some policy of immigration reform? Cantor is mealy-mouthed and Allen a poo pedlar but we need something concrete on which to judge Cantor's position.
21 weeks ago
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Cantor wrote the KIDS act. Basically a gop house version of the DREAM act.
21 weeks ago
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The biggest problem with plans like this is that they serve as bait for the next wave of illegals. We need to break the cycle.

Edit: http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/05/29/tidal-wave-of-illegal-minors-crossing-the-border/

This is the monster we create with our good intentions.
21 weeks ago
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yam - you break the cycle by enforcing the border ... not by punishing minor children, which is the purpose of DREAM acts and similar laws, which are extremely popular amongs nearly all Americans, and winning strong majorities of Republican votes in states like Texas and Florida which have already passed state versions, Florida as recently as just this month.
21 weeks ago
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Ummm, ok. So illegal aliens are voting en masse for republicans now in states where they allow in-state tuition for them? republicans are now getting a majority of hispanic votes in those states? Last time I checked in TX, the Tea Party is stomping the establishment all over the state, and I don't think any of them are pro amnesty.
21 weeks ago
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Since the President has already decided he can choose to enforce or not enforce a law based on how it effects his political prospects, passing any law is really a pointless exercise. Demand strong border security and he'll fail to execute that. Demand deportations of violent criminals and he will demur while obscuring the actual numbers so it looks like he's being tough. He lies the whole way and we cease being a nation of laws and become one of Presidential whims.
21 weeks ago
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We could enforce our laws now but we don't. That won't change with any proposed legislation.
21 weeks ago
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Good grief, this "reporting" gets sillier every day. Mr. Steinberg, is Brat your father-in-law, or do you owe him money? No way you can read the statements as you do unless you are Brat's campaign manager.

Criticize Cantor for being too close to lobbyists or mainstream "consultants" if you wish, but this repeated strain of fervid nonsense pushing marginal candidates is tiring.
21 weeks ago
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Ray Allen's entire career is about lying. Its how he makes his living. Cantor pays him the big bucks to spin, deceive, distort and lie. Cantor's entire ad campaign against Dave Brat has been exposed by every non-partisan fact checking organization as nothing but lies. So when Ray Allen says, "David Brat is just lying," we know whom to believe. And it ain't Allen.
21 weeks ago
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We must presume that you are a paid Brat hack?

Because what you wrote and concluded from the reported remarks could only make sense to a Brat hack.

Cantor did oppose bringing the Senate Gang of 8 bill up for a House vote, as the wrong way to reform immigration and border security. The Dems do blame the Republican House leadership for that. They do therefore have a "legitimate gripe" with the Pubs, and vice versa. It's called a political dispute.

Having Brat hanging around like an annoying horsefly comparing Eric Cantor to Barack Obama, and accusing both of having the same views and tactics is, well, ridiculous BS. No sane person believes that for a microsecond.

Desperation tactics are apparently what passes for the Brat campaign.
21 weeks ago
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OK, so Cantor is really against amnesty? Did he not write something called the KIDS act? Basically a gop house version of the DREAM act?
21 weeks ago
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A whole lot of mainstream conservative Republicans support a DREAM act type of law, so that children below the age of consent who were brought to the USA by parents who are "illegal" or "undocumented" are not punished for violations of the law by their parents.

For instance, in my home state of Florida we just passed our own version of that bill that provides in-state tuition rates to undocumented children who are graduates of Florida high schools with at least three consecutive years in Florida schools. The bill passed overwhelmingly, by more than three to one ratios in both houses of the Florida Legislature, which itself is overwhelmingly dominated by GOP members. Our GOP Governor Rick Scott lobbied for the bill.

In Texas, the other large border state governed by Republicans, they passed their version of this bill several years ago, again overwhelmingly passed by a GOP Legislature and signed by a GOP Governor (Rick Perry). Perry was excoriated by his opponents in the 2012 GOP debates for this fact. Which made his opponents a sad spectacle and clearly way outside the mainstream of American opinion on this matter.

Being for decent treatment of children, even undocumented children, does not make one an "amnesty advocate". If that were the standard, then you may as well ditch the pejorative "amnesty supporter", because it's obviously not very persuasive amongst conservatives and Republicans who overwhelmingly support reasonable immigration reforms like these.
21 weeks ago
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So yes. He (and other establishment types) supports amnesty. That's what I thought. Why is he running around now saying that he doesn't - after he's been "on tour" with this Gutierrez guy talking it up?
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