Letter: Cantor’s defeat was a political shock
It was quite a shock to almost everyone when Congressman Cantor lost his seat to a political unknown in the recent Republican primary. It sent shockwaves throughout the political establishment in Washington. The people in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District simply believed he had lost touch with them and used their votes to tell him that. Obviously he had lost touch or he would have seen it coming.
I believe the majority in Congress, specifically the House, has lost touch with their constituents and is more beholden to big money donors and Super PACs than the people. It was great to see the people in the 7th Congressional District let their voices be heard. I hope people across the state and America noticed what removal from office can do and the attention it received from all politicians.
As we saw, the removal of Mr. Cantor caused quite a stir and uproar among all movers and shakers in both political parties. Think of the impact if 100 members were voted out all across the county; or better yet, 435 members.
If voters in more districts would follow the lead of those in the 7th Congressional District in the 2014 elections, it could greatly reduce the influence of Washington insiders and the political parties on our political process. Think what it would do if we voted all the incumbents out. The voters would once again be listened to by their elected officials in Washington. I’m going to do my part. It’s time to send a message. I’m voting against incumbents. I encourage all who are unhappy with what is going on in Washington to do the same.
James Store, Va.