A Fundraising Cantor For Fleischmann, DesJarlais

Congress has a 12 percent approval rating, but two area incumbents seem happy to be linked with its most powerful leaders, observes the Chattanooga TFP in reporting that U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia is expected to make same-day fundraising appearances this month for freshman Republican U.S. Reps. Chuck Fleischmann and Scott DesJarlais.
Fleischmann already has gotten a leg up from House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, who spoke at a $1,000-per-plate dinner in Chattanooga seven months ago. DesJarlais and Fleischmann have touted several Cantor-backed votes — prohibiting federal funding for Planned Parenthood and National Public Radio and repealing President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul among them — but those votes are considered ideological battle cries with no chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate.
Asked if DesJarlais worried that Cantor’s help may be a political liability in light of a March 21 Gallup poll showing Congress with a 12 percent overall approval rating, a campaign staffer said no.
“The gridlock is primarily taking place because of conflicting ideologies,” said Brandon Lewis, DesJarlais’ campaign manager. “When you’re miles apart, sometimes it takes awhile to reach an agreement and move things forward.”

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