House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who lost his Republican congressional primary to Tea Party-backed Dave Brat in a shocking landslide Tuesday, is the highest-ranking Jew in the history of the U.S. Congress. As news of Cantor’s defeat spread, Jews on both sides of the aisle wrestled with what his defeat meant for American Jews in politics—and for Republican Jews in particular, who had long seen Cantor as a champion for their cause.
“We are disappointed that our friend Eric Cantor lost his primary race tonight, but we are proud of his many, many accomplishments in Congress,” said Republican Jewish Coalition executive director Matt Brooks in a somewhat grim press statement Tuesday evening. “Eric has been an important pro-Israel voice in the House and a leader on security issues…We are proud to have worked with Eric Cantor for the last 14 years.”
Indeed, Cantor and his wife were prominent guests of honor at RJC events—not just high-dollar leadership meet ins, but also at local chapters across the country. In 2010, hundreds of Jewish Republicans packed a standing-room-only ballroom in suburban Chicago to hear Cantor speak in the run-up to the midterm elections that year, which swept Cantor and his party into power in the House of Representatives on a wave of Tea Party support.
Though Cantor has never made his religious identity as central to his persona as did former Democrat Sen. Joseph Lieberman—another prominent Jewish politician defeated by his own party in a midterm primary—he was proud to identify as a Jew. He promoted Jewish political candidates, such as Ohio treasurer Josh Mandel, and referred to his Judaism in explaining some of his positions, including his support for immigration reform.
Here’s a sample of the comments:
El Duderino • 5 minutes ago
Yes because Jewish interests are so under represented in American foreign and domestic policy, business, finance, media, education, law, etc. Can I get an eye roll, please!
johnest • an hour ago
Joel what is this crap? He lost because he’s Jewish? Was he elected because he is Jewish? Was it his anti-Christian positions, there’s just as much evidence for Cantor loss because he’s Jewish as there is for his anti-Christian views, NONE! Joel, maybe he lost because he switched from Colgate to Crest. Maybe he stopped listening and doing the will of his constituents. Joel lost some trust in you.
Mickey Wasp • a minute ago
There are certain ‘red flags’ that turn on when I read ‘jewish constitutional lawyer’ and they were educated in the bastion of liberal colleges in the northeast. Just as the ‘red flags’ sirens that alert me to investigate others when someone states they are ‘conservative’ and then accept monies from big money donors that want to lay more burden on the middle-class. When the ‘red flags’ were shining brightly on the first black president before he was elected…was it because he was black? or was is because of his affiliations that he denied and covered? Politicians lie, can’t get around it - on the other hand citizen statesmen running for office will actually stand by the promises they make.
Diana Cantor (Eric’s wife) is a lifelong, liberal Democrat, she is pro-choice and supports same-sex marriage.
Race is not the issue - the ones they meet with behind closed doors is…
However, when one does a fair investigation and looks at the voting records, affiliations, campaign donations, yea… the ‘red flag’ is alerted and so many of the jewish organizations are in direct conflict with our nations founding principles. Granted there are exceptions. This is not bigotry - it is plainly looking at the undeniable truth.
cunov2 • a few seconds ago
Nothing quite says “self-loathing” like a Jew voting Democrat.
Perplexed • 7 minutes ago
Here’s a tip for any Jew wanting to run for office. Consider yourself an American first and understand the foundations of this country. After all , it’s a Judeo-Christian country.
TheLineIsDrawn • 2 minutes ago
Some Jews must wrestle with their support for destructive progs.
sonsurf • 6 minutes ago
They might want to wrestle with the fact that they keep electing scum like
Sir_Loinsteak • 7 minutes ago
American Jews really need to re-evaluate their candidate choices. Like black people, they shoot themselves in the foot every time with candidates who do not have their interests at heart.
thescoots • 17 minutes ago
I wish that Jews were wrestling with the defeat of Chuck Schumer or Carl Levin…
joe dirt • 40 minutes ago
Ahh the victim card is played once again , I did not know . Congrat’s Dave Brat , TEA anyone ?
wesley69 Mrlouis • 44 minutes ago
Only to a Democrat is this important. They are the ones seriously into racial and ethnic politics.
This is out of 32 comments so far, let’s check in later when comments swell into the 100’s and 1000’s.