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February 2, 2009

Cantor: People in Glass Houses…

Listed in: GOP Hypocrisies, NJDC News, Opinions

Originally published in The Huffington Post

By Ira N. Forman, Executive Director of the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC)

At the House GOP retreat this weekend Minority Whip Eric Cantor made the following crack about Health and Human Services designee, Tom Daschle.

“It’s easier for the other side to advocate for higher taxes because you know what?”... “They don’t pay ‘em!”

In 2003, Representative Cantor failed to report or pay for the expense of a fundraiser that then “super lobbyist” Jack Abramoff held for him at his D.C. restaurant. Though it was a clear violation of the federal election law, Cantor’s spokesperson referred to his oversight as “a paperwork issue” and referred to the controversy as “chicken droppings.”

I guess congressional Democrats could say the following about Cantor:

“It was easy for Representative Cantor to have Jack Abramoff illegally subsidize his federal campaign account because you know what? ... He believes election law violations are just paperwork.”