One prominent Republican who won’t be speaking at the GOP’s national convention in Tampa is House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor may be heading to Tampa with the rest of the Republican Party to fete Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan, but he won’t be addressing the convention.
Although members of Congress are not generally the centerpiece of national conventions, Cantor’s absence from the speaker rolls is notable. In addition to being one of the party’s most powerful leaders, Cantor is close friends and political allies with Ryan.
Indeed, Ryan, Cantor and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy – who is also not speaking – founded the so-called “Young Guns” that helped recruit much of the 87 Republican freshmen who swept the GOP into power in 2010.
Yesterday, AL Monitor’s Laura Rozen looked at Cantor’s ties to the circle around Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto, who has been at the mixed up in some drama of late.