Cantor Fires Back at Critics
By Jackie Kucinich – Roll Call Staff
April 3, 2009, 2:51 p.m.
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is firing back at his critics, calling recent attacks on him and his family “laughable,” and warning that he isn’t shy about engaging in bare-knuckle combat with Democrats.
“It’s never pleasant, obviously,” Cantor said of the Democratic attacks. “But that’s how the game is played. But we intend to engage in the battle of ideas, and we will win.”
Democrats are unlikely to find even a moderately competitive challenger to Cantor in his conservative district next year. But with a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee decision in February to run a series of ads in the district targeting Cantor, some political observers have suggested that the increased attention may have shaken him up — a charge Cantor dismisses.
“That is so ridiculous,” Cantor said. “No doubt this is a competitive arena, [and] there is no question that a tremendous amount of resources and money” have flowed into Democratic political organizations. The organizations are helping to fund a series of attacks targeting not only Cantor’s record and public statements, but also the fact that his wife works for a banking company.
Cantor said he has always taken his campaigns seriously and has never taken his “common-sense conservative district” for granted. He added that he is more than willing to engage Democrats aggressively.