Eric Cantor’s Blunder Backfired Him Into An Historic Defeat

Blunder Backfire
Your neglect for other people’s needs and passions
backfires onto you as unforeseen blunders

Eric Cantor began serving as the Congressional Representative for Virginia’s 7th district in 2001. He became House Majority Leader in 2011. He seemed headed to succeed John Boehner as Speaker of the House. As time passed, however, Cantor chose “dealmaking” with Republican leaders over “wooing” voters in his district. His staff was “consistently described as aloof”. Community events in his home district became less important than exclusive events all over the country. Cantor ignored the needs and passions of his constituents to focus on his own need and passion for power. Cantor’s blunder made him the first House Majority Leader in history to lose a renomination bid for his position.

Eric Cantor’s neglect for his constituents’ needs and passions
backfired onto him as a historic defeat

“Eric Cantor Falls to Shock Defeat in Primary”
Jack Fitzpatrick and Alex Roarty
National Journal
June 10, 2014

“A Surprising Loss for Unsurprising Reasons”
Ford O’Connell
U.S. News & World Report
June 14, 2014

“Why Cantor chose Bobby Van’s”
Byron Tau
June 11, 2014


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