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September 30, 2014

Steve King Blasts Snap Election to Replace Eric Cantor

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King, shown here Wednesday amid a throng of reporters, wants to elect an “anti-amnesty” majority leader. (Tom William/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Steve King said Thursday GOP leaders are “stacking the deck” with a snap election to replace Eric Cantor as majority leader and urged the Republican Conference to slow down and elect an “anti-amnesty” majority leader.

“At a time when Republicans in Congress are fighting the Obama Administration to oppose snap elections for unions on American employers, Republican Leadership is trying to do the same in the United States House of Representatives,” the Iowa Republican said in a statement. “This snap election has the effect of stacking the deck.

“Unfortunately, while both current candidates benefit from the hasty timeframe prescribed by leadership, neither opposes amnesty legislation being brought to the floor of the House. The primary election in Virginia 7 that led to this leadership vacuum turned on the electorate’s opposition to amnesty. Have we learned nothing? Let’s take more time to get our heads clear and elect a staunch conservative, anti-amnesty candidate to step up and lead the Majority.”

King has frequently criticized GOP leaders for pursuing immigration legislation. Conservatives, meanwhile, were trying to coalesce around a candidate to take on Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California.

Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas has announced his interest, and lawmakers are looking at two other conservatives, Rep. Raúl R. Labrador of Idaho and former Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan of Ohio.

  • Johannes Perlmuther

    It,s the Old Boy Network at work in this GOP, and Conservatives be damned. What’s the rush, Mr. Boehner? Hopefully you will be replaced as Speaker and let a real Conservative be in charge. McCarthy is not a Conservative, and his elevation proves how out of touch the GOP’s current leaders are.

  • Layla

    Stacking the deck is going to get the GOP voted out, believe it, Mr. Boehner. Those involved in state Republican politics around the country have had it with the Congressional RINOs. We work together and we have a strong network and you are teetering on the precipice.

    I’m with Rep. King on this one.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    THERE ARE STILL 3 MILLION UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES WITHOUT AN EXTENSION BILL, SINCE LATE LAST DECEMBER, BECAUSE OF THE POLITICAL GAMES AND INFIGHTING OF BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES. MANY OF THESE FAMILIES ARE NOW IN FINANCIAL RUIN, AND MANY HAVE BECOME HOMELESS. THESE FAMILIES HAVE BEEN USED AS BARGAINING CHIPS, AND FOR POLITICAL LEVERAGE BY SENATE REPUBLICANS.WHILE CONGRESS RECENTLY APPROVED BILLIONS OF DOLLARSIN FOREIGN AID FOR THE UKRAINE, AND PLAN ON SPENDING EVEN MORE TO EUROPE FOR DEFENSE, NOT ONE DOLLAR IS GIVEN TO THESE FAMILIES SINCE LAST DECEMBER. WHERE IS THE SO CALLED FAMILY VALUES OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY? THEY HAVE SHOWN A TOTAL LACK OF VALUES AND COMPASSION TO THOSE HURTING AND STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE IN A POOR ECONOMY. THESE CAREER POLITICIANS MUST BE VOTED OUT OF OFFICE IN THE NEXT ELECTION.

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