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Eric Cantor Should Resign Immediately As House Majority Leader

Eric Cantor Resign Now

We the People delivered a powerful message of “no confidence” in the House Republican’s so-called leadership by defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the June 10 Virginia Republican primary election. But Cantor remains in the second ranking leadership position in the House Republican Conference despite the 55% to 45% pounding he took in the primary.

Historically, the Majority Leader has been is charged with scheduling legislation for floor consideration; planning the daily, weekly, and annual legislative agendas; consulting with Members to gauge party sentiment; and, generally working to advance the goals of the majority party.

In Eric Cantor’s hands the office of Majority Leader became the virtual headquarters of special interests that in many cases were directly opposed to the “goals” of the Republican majority, especially on spending and amnesty for illegal aliens.

Rather than use the considerable prestige and power of his office to build GOP unity around the conservative agenda most Republicans run on, Cantor was the enforcement arm of the Chamber of Commerce and other Big Business – Big Government interests.

The result of Cantor’s machinations and arrogance was the substantial dilution of the conservative message and a practical freeze on the conservative policy agenda that should have been the center piece of Republican campaigns in the 2014 mid-terms.

If he remains Majority Leader, Cantor can still stymie the conservative agenda in the House and do tremendous damage to the conservative cause. To prevent that from happening conservatives in and out of the House should demand Cantor’s immediate resignation.

We don’t have a preferred candidate – yet. But we certainly know what the next House Majority Leader should look like. If Republicans want to maintain their momentum and the coalition that won the 2010 landslide, they need a principled limited government constitutional conservative with a solid record of standing up for conservative principles when it counts, such as opposing TARP and supporting Cut, Cap and Balance, even in the face of establishment Republican pressure.

And most importantly, to repair the damage Eric Cantor has done to the conservative coalition Republicans must maintain to win elections,House Republicans should be looking for a Majority Leader who walks with conservatives and who is engaged with and has the respect of principled limited government constitutional conservatives on and off the Hill.

UPDATED June 11, 2014 at 1:53 p.m.: The Hill reports that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will step down from his leadership position by July 31. Rep. Darrell Issa confirmed the news to reporters at the Capitol. Cantor will formally announce the plan to the GOP conference at a 4 p.m. meeting on June 11, a day after a shocking primary defeat that has created turmoil in his party.

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