Vivek Jain was standing in the rain outside President Barack Obama’s rally in Richmond, Virginia on Saturday wearing a red armband and collecting signatures for a campaign against one of the most influential Republicans in Washington–House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. A softspoken and extremely articulate man who looks even younger than his 31 years, Mr. Jain is a doctor who also helps teach classes at Virginia Commonwealth University. He’s running as an independent.
“Both parties, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, are beholden to corporate interests,” Mr. Jain told The Politicker. “You’ve only seen the same kind of pro one percent policies from both parties despite their campaign season populist rhetoric.”
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is throwing his support behind the man who calls himself “America’s Rabbi,” Shmuley Boteach, who is running for Congress in New Jersey’s 9th district. Mr. Boteach’s campaign received the maximum $5,000 donation from Mr. Cantor’s political action committee, ERICPAC.
“Eric Cantor is my friend and we study Torah together. An inspired leader, he shares my commitment to values-based policies that are essential to the healing of America,” Mr. Boteach said in a statement announcing the donation. “As the only Jewish Republican in the House, Eric has been a strong advocate for the U.S. Israel relationship. I am honored to have his support and backing.”
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Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has earned a reputation among Democrats as “Dr. No,” an uncompromising politician who’s been a major force behind the gridlock in Washington this past year. In a Q&A session with reporters after his speech at this morning’s ABNY breakfast, Mr. Cantor said he thinks the Democrats are the ones who aren’t willing to cooperate.
“I’ve not seen the willingness on the other side to compromise and it is always two things; spend more and raise taxes for them, and what we’re saying is, stop, we don’t have the money to spend, and let’s help people and let’s help the small businesses,” Mr. Cantor said in response to a question from The Politicker.
Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor revealed a restaurant named for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s liberal “New Deal” economic policies played a key role in his marriage at a breakfast sponsored by the Association for a Better New York this morning in Midtown.
During an interview with NY1′s Josh Robin after the speech Mr. Cantor, a staunch fiscal conservative, revealed his first date with his wife, Diana, occurred “at a place in SoHo called The New Deal.”
Congressional Republican leaders are taking a lot of heat for their their rejection of the payroll tax cut extension passed by the Senate, but one person is encouraging Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to stick to their guns–Queens Congressman Bob Turner. In a letter to Speaker Boehner and Congressman Cantor today, Congressman Turner told them to keep fighting the good fight. “I am writing you today to ask you to continue fighting for the one year extension of the payroll tax holiday, and to convince the Senate that doing the hard work necessary to come to an agreement on a bill that will help our citizens long term, is much more important than a vacation,” Congressman Turner wrote.
Manhattan State Senator Liz Krueger sent out a fundraising email earlier this week that features what may be called an “anti-Host Committee.”
On the space on the invite where it is usually listed which high rollers are putting it on, Ms. Krueger writes:
“Please do not join: The Koch Brothers, Karl Rove, Pedro Espada, Carl Paladino, Rudy Giuliani, Herman Cain, Eric Cantor, Rush Limbaugh, Dick Cheney, Michelle Bachmann, Pat Robertson, Rick Perry, Dean Skelos, Grover Norquist, Rand Paul, Glenn Beck, Ron Paul, Sarah Palin, Hiram Monserrate and all members of Rupert Murdoch’s family”
If nothing else, this invite shows what low esteem Sen. Krueger has for her former Senate Democratic colleagues Hiram Monserrate and Pedro Espada; this may be the first time the former Amigos have been included in the same breath as the Koch brothers and Sarah Palin.
Just shy of six weeks after the protests began in Manhattan, Occupy Wall Street has become a worldwide phenomenon and everyone has weighed in from the White House to ghosts of New York politicians past. Here’s our roundup of reactions to Occupy Wall Street from political figures. (All images via Getty)
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent out an email this afternoon asking supporters to sign a petition backing the Occupy Wall Street protests in Lower Manhattan.
“Protestors are assembling in New York and around the country to let billionaires, big oil and big bankers know that we’re not going to let the richest 1% force draconian economic policies and massive cuts to crucial programs on Main Street Americans,” the group, the campaign arm of House Democrats, wrote.
The email also contrasts the message about the protests coming from the likes of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor who called the protests ”a growing mob” with the message from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi who said, “The message of the American people is that no longer will the recklessness of some on Wall Street cause massive joblessness on Main Street.”