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April 26, 2012

The Right Way to Influence a Primary

The Hotline explains why House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) got into trouble with his own party for wading into a primary race between two incumbents, while House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) has been "quietly praised" in his party for doing the same thing.

"Why the difference? Cantor took heat for funneling some cash through the Campaign for Primary Accountability, an organization with the express goal of ousting incumbents in their own primaries. What's more, Cantor's actions sharpened the divide between the old bulls on Capitol Hill and the hard-charging freshmen who are wholly uninterested in waiting their turn in the seniority system... Altmire engendered no such good will among fellow Democrats. Hoyer only got involved on Critz's behalf after Altmire attacked Critz for voting with Democratic leadership on a Republican budget vote... It didn't help that Altmire had voted against health care and cap and trade legislation, two of the three major Democratic initiatives in the 111th Congress."


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