Top Cantor aide leaves Capitol Hill to start Super PAC
October 5th, 2011
03:40 PM ET
3 years ago

Top Cantor aide leaves Capitol Hill to start Super PAC

Washington (CNN) – A top aide to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is leaving Capitol Hill to start a new Super PAC aimed at supporting Republican candidates and promoting the House GOP's agenda.

Cantor's Deputy Chief of Staff John Murray told CNN in a phone interview Wednesday that he's leaving his post at the end of the week to launch the new political group. Murray says his goals are twofold - to help GOP candidates with campaign resources and "put a muscular communications voice behind center-right candidates and policies that are in line with the 'Young Guns' movement."

Cantor, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and Rep Kevin McCarthy, R-California, created a program dubbed the "Young Guns" in 2007 under the National Republican Campaign Committee to recruit and financially support Republican House candidates. The trio wrote a book with the same name that was released in the run up to the 2010 midterm election.

After the GOP won control of the House of Representatives that fall, Cantor and McCarthy took the number two and three leadership slots, and Ryan became the House Budget Chairman.

Murray's plans to set up the new Young Guns Super PAC were first reported by the National Journal, which noted the effort was to boost Cantor's national profile. The majority leader has become one of President Barack Obama's chief political adversaries after sparring with the president this summer over deficit reductions plans and more recently rebuffing the White House's call for a vote on his entire jobs package.

But Murray emphasizes that the Super PAC is designed as a "House focused" group. With a host of other Republican-backed Super PACs targeting 2012 presidential politics, he believes the new communications and political arm will operate in "a lane that is frankly not being fully filled out by anybody else right now."

So-called "Super PACs" emerged after the 2010 elections as independent groups that do not have any restrictions on how much money they can raise from outside groups, businesses, or wealthy donors.


Filed under: 2012 • Eric Cantor • House Republicans • Kevin McCarthy • Paul Ryan
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Eric's plan is to join him when he loses his reelection bid in 2012. Worship the cash, and follow the money, just like Rove. Wait until Eric finds out you cannot bring a young gun (pop gun) to a war for America's future.

    October 5, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Lori - PA

    No more SuperPacs. It's time to get this kind of money out of politics. Us 99% are tired of money playing such a huge part in political campaigns.

    October 5, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    "put a muscular communications voice behind center-right candidates and policies that are in line with the 'Young Guns' movement."
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    Center-right????? Is he kidding? Try telling the truth. It's WAAY right

    October 5, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Today's GOP: Placing business in the way of governance.

    October 5, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. Bill

    These clowns do not have an agenda (at lease not one that benefits the American people). Young guns? What a joke.

    October 5, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. Ed DFWTX

    Now I understand why Eric Cantor won't have an up or down vote for the Presidents job bill. He is spending too much time helping create this super pac for political reasons instead of helping his fellow unemployed Americans get a job. Seems Mr Cantor needs to be reminded next year exactly who he is working for. Maybe his district can remind him by voting him out of office so he can devote full time to his super political pac.

    October 5, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Got to get the truth out there because Obama is going to have a billion dollars to spread his lies. I wonder how much of that money is from Solyndra???

    October 5, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    There you have it, Virginia. This man never had any intentions of representing you anymore than Michele Bachmann had any intention of supporting Minnesota causes. All for the money. All for the camera. All for political posuring, no matter who gets pushed out. Just send them the dollars, and check their name on the ballot, thank you kindly. After that, they'll get back to you ... maybe.

    October 5, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. Teabug

    Cantor = water pistol. Little weasel. No difference between working for Cantor or a PAC, both bought and paid for.

    October 5, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    What is it about republicans always referring to their guns? Is it that they think guns will compensate for their other physical inadequacies?

    October 5, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. a in austin

    They are all in it for the money – need to get the $$$ out of politics. The 99% not being represented fully by their elected officials need to vote them all out.

    October 5, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. Teabug

    Democrat Class Warfare – Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Got to get the truth out there because Obama is going to have a billion dollars to spread his lies. I wonder how much of that money is from Solyndra???
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    Gee counselor, let's have Issa, Lamar Smith, Cliff Stearns, Fred Upton and Mitch McConnell discuss those clean energy funding doubletalk, shall we?? Typical comment from you, the resident glass house dweller.

    October 5, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Karl Rove has $250 million, and that is from three billionaires alone. You cannot fight for America without huge amounts of money, thanks to the anything but supreme court.

    October 5, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. vic , nashville ,tn

    We need more super PAC specially from republican side its create jobs and its Tax rich good job
    Note please don’t listen to their commercials because full of lies

    October 5, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Florida Joe

    Let us hope that NY wakes up and sends Cantor PACKING HIS BAG that is for home

    Enough of No NO NO NO NO

    October 5, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Got to get the truth out there because Obama is going to have a billion dollars to spread his lies. I wonder how much of that money is from Solyndra???"

    I dunno...why don't you ask Solyndra's registered Republican CEO who conveniently sank the company after taking $500B from the US Gov't.

    October 5, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Got to get the truth out there because Obama is going to have a billion dollars to spread his lies. I wonder how much of that money is from Solyndra???"

    Excuse me...that should be $500M.

    October 5, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. Lisa P

    "Young Guns"? Those are the ones who just shoot off their mouths, right? Then I guess Paul Ryan qualifies. Of course they'll be taking away his ammo after the next election - his district is finally wising up.

    October 5, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "What is it about republicans always referring to their guns? Is it that they think guns will compensate for their other physical inadequacies?"

    It's a give and take...they think it will compensate for the physical inadequacies but it simply reveals their mental ones.

    October 5, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. Independent Voters

    Vote Cantor out of the office he is disgrace we need jobs now just pass the president Obama job bill.
    The republican party is going to make sure america fail and we going to make sure we vote you republicans/teabaggars out of the office.

    October 5, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. Patriot Awesome

    I'll believe corporations are people when the state of Texas executes one.

    October 5, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  22. The Greedy Old PIgs have declared class war on US!

    You can tell which poster are "Foxed in the head" when they babble "solyndra" incessantly while ignoring the far more massive corporate welfare queens like Big Oil and Halliburton. You know, the leaders of the neocon death cult.

    October 5, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. Marie MD

    But first, let's get rid of PACs and the lobbyists. The tantrum boy better make sure Mother Nature doesn't send another earthquake to rattle his district. I would go picket in DC so that he and his district don't get a single penny! You idiots voted for him let him come up with the money.
    Solyndra failed but is anybody talking about the other companies who have made it. Of course, faux news wouldn't mention those. They are more interested in what appeared to be a redneck who seemed high on something or other whose claim to fame is a song right before a football game.

    October 5, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |