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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.
39 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.
39 weeks ago
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Cantor wrote the KIDS act. Basically a gop house version of the DREAM act.
39 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.
39 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.
39 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.
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