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What did Cantor know and why was he silent

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  • Democrat
    Los Angeles, CA
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    I keep hearing that Eric Cantor was privy to information about the Patreaus affair. It is my understanding that he sat on this information for at least two weeks. Despite the obvious "inside straight" this information may have represented in the closing days of the presidential race, he didn't take advantage of it.

    But this disturbs me. The right seems to think the affair is a much bigger deal than an indiscretion on the part of a mentor and his protege. But to my way of thinking withholding this information from the intelligence committees and the executive branch is much more serious issue. It seems to me a Representative, particularly the House Majority Leader, has some duty to his country to report what he knows.

    I would like to see Cantor investigated over this frankly.

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    Durham, NH
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    Cantor is nothing more than your typical self-serving phony pol. Say what he thinks will get him ahead no matter what damage it does to the country of the public.

    this whole "affair" is the biggest pile of BS I have ever heard of. There is a vacuum of news now that the election is over so the media and blow hard pols have to do something to keep their names and faces alive!
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    Cantor is probably the biggest stroke in the House. You can see his incompetence when he is given POSSIBLY security-threatening information and he puts it in his pocket. That is definitely a breach of his duties and he should be fired for it. Not because it WAS threatening to the security of the U.S., but because it COULD have been. Who is he to decide the validity of a specific situation all by himself? Or, to not decide anything and just put it out of his mind? This "boy" has to go.
  • Democrat
    Lawrence, MA
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    Liam Bean Wrote: I keep hearing that Eric Cantor was privy to information about the Patreaus affair. It is my understanding that he sat on this information for at least two weeks. Despite the obvious "inside straight" this information may have represented in the closing days of the presidential race, he didn't take advantage of it.

    But this disturbs me. The right seems to think the affair is a much bigger deal than an indiscretion on the part of a mentor and his protege. But to my way of thinking withholding this information from the intelligence committees and the executive branch is much more serious issue. It seems to me a Representative, particularly the House Majority Leader, has some duty to his country to report what he knows.

    I would like to see Cantor investigated over this frankly.

    The morning's Boston Globe tells us that Cantor heard of the Patreus affair in September, but was not sure if the source was reliable I think we can be more of less certain that if he was sure of the truth he would have revealed it if only so the Republicans could say that the Obama administration was in a shambles. Those bums were also probably a little gun shy after all the lies and mistatements their fearless leader had been caught in.
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    Cantor doesn't have the mental capacity or the authority to determine whether or not the source of the reported affair was reliable. It was his responsibility to pass it up the ladder, so to speak, and he simply shirked his duties. If he was aware of any other employee performing such an uncalled-for action, he would absolutely make sure the bosses knew about it. Shame on him, it should be grounds for termination.
  • Independent
    New Hampshire
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    I hate to be the one to defend Representative Canton, so I'll limit the defense as much as possible. He is not stupid with almost everything he does being well choreographed. He is not a Capitalist, he wants to become one; but he’s not even close.
    You may believe that as a member of Congress he receives all sorts of information on insider trading. Believing it and proving it are two different things. Like all Tea Partiers he would like to see the social structure of the USA return to that of pre-industrial revolution levels with him as one owning mansions in Newport, RI and Western NC.
    I remember trying to decide on who to vote for 4+ years ago and for me it was a difficult decision, Two things caused me to vote for Obama.
    1. When asked how many houses he owned, he didn’t know (I believe it was 6)
    2. He brought on Sahara Palin as a running mate. (That was like shooting yourself in the foot with a sawed-off shot gun.}