Sunday, November 14, 2010

Eric Cantor on the rise

Eric Cantor on the rise

by Tyler Whitley and Jim Nolan
Richmond Times-Dispatch
November 7, 2010

It's before 9 a.m. on the day after midterm elections and the U.S. Capitol is virtually empty -- except the office of Rep. Eric Cantor, R-7th.

The House minority whip and his staff have been up and running for hours -- juggling network television interviews, making calls and making plans after a historic GOP surge across the country that shifted power in the House to his party.

It is a surge that could chart a new, higher trajectory for Cantor's political future now that he is poised to become House majority leader.

Being successful in his own backyard has rarely been a challenge for Cantor, 47, a resident of the Wyndham subdivision in Glen Allen and former state delegate who succeeded the man for whom he once worked as an intern, Rep. Thomas J. Bliley Jr.

Cantor, first elected in 2000, ascended to minority whip in 2008 when Republican stock was low and Democrats were riding high. Now both Cantor's profile and his potential to make his mark on how America is governed are on the rise.


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