On Thursday, House Republicans will vote to elect House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) successor. In the wake of his historic primary loss to economics professor David Brat, Cantor will step down from the majority leader post on July 31. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is widely considered to be the frontrunner to replace Cantor, but Congressman Raúl Labrador (R-ID) is making a late charge. On radio this morning, Glenn encouraged anyone within the sound of his voice to call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and make their voice heard.
“Have I given you a number yet? 202-224-3121. It’s the Capitol Hill switchboard,” Glenn said. “They’re supposed to vote today because John Boehner doesn’t want any time to go by.”
Last week, Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) explained Boehner chose to schedule the vote for Thursday because he sought to ensure McCarthy – who is allegedly referred to as Cantor’s “trophy wife” in Washington circles – didn’t face any real threat. The more conservative Labrador, however, threw his hat into the ring at the last minute.
“Now, there is another option that Eric Cantor… and John Boehner don’t want you to be aware of,” Glenn said. “I want you to call the switchboard and ask your [Republican] House of Representatives member… [to support] Raúl Labrador… He’s from Idaho. He is the guy to replace Eric Cantor, not the trophy wife.”
As Glenn explained, Boehner’s rush to get this vote out of the way proves GOP leadership have learned nothing from Cantor’s stunning defeat. The American people are tired of the status quo, and yet Boehner seems to be tone deaf to the sentiment.
“They didn’t learn to be humble,” Glenn said. “They learned to get even.”
When you consider the current political climate, Labrador’s background makes him a good fit for the position. The son of a single mother, Labrador grew up in Puerto Rico and practiced immigration law prior to running for office.
“We’re debating immigration reform, and Kevin McCarthy is all for the reforms. What do you say we get a guy who might be able to withstand [the fight],” Glenn asked. “What do you say? Raul would be a good guy.”
Again, the number for the Capitol Switchboard is 202-224-3121.
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