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Cantor gives Hurt a boost in Virginia 5th congressional district primary

Amy Gardner

House Minority Whip Eric I. Cantor (R-Va.) has donated $7,000 to the congressional campaign of State Sen. Robert Hurt through his leadership PAC and campaign committee, unleashing a storm of protest from conservative activists in Virginia's 5th District.

Hurt is competing with six others for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello, the Democrat from Albemarle County who defeated Virgil Goode in 2008 by fewer than 1,000 votes. But before Republicans can unite to take on Perriello, they're spending some time fighting amongst themselves about who is the truest conservative.

Hurt has name recognition and the backing of national Republicans, but he is viewed with suspicion by at least four active TEA Party organizations active in the 5th District.

Alex Cortes, a spokesman for 5th District contender Laurence Verga, said national Republicans are making a mistake supporting a "moderate" candidate who voted for a billion-dollar tax hike in 2004. After Hurt, Verga is the best funded of the seven candidates.

"If Eric Cantor and the NRCC don't want another New York-23 on their hands, they need to get out of the 5th District, and focus on the constitution instead of voting for bills like TARP and the AIG bonus tax, both of which cantor voted for," Cortez said.

Cantor said such assessments are "ridiculous."

"Robert Hurt is a conservative," he said. "The guy has a 100 percent rating for being pro-life. He's pro-gun. He has an A-plus rating with the NRA. He's a small-business, small-government conservative."

By Amy Gardner  |  January 15, 2010; 4:20 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Amy Gardner , Debates , Election 2010 , Eric Cantor , Robert Hurt , Tom Perriello  
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Friendship with Eric Cantor should be the political death of anyone who hopes of getting the gun-owning vote. Cantor has his bashes at the anti-gun portion of Innsbrook and scoffs at the thought of changing locations even when offers are made for a comparable facility with NO cost increase. And what does Cantor do if he is pressed on the issue? He hides behind Linwood Cobb's skirt. Now THERE is leadership for you!

I really have no desire to see Eric, or any of his friends, in political office

Watch out Eric...The VCDL is coming for you with more this year than they did with last!!

Posted by: Pourshot | January 17, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

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