Last week the Washington Post reported that Dave Brat, challenger to Eric Cantor in Virginia’s 7th District, would be attending meetings in DC with Grover Norquist and Morton Blackwell, providing him the opportunity to make his case in front of some movers and shakers inside the beltway.
The official word from Werrell was that Brat, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, had academic obligations.
“He had school stuff to take care of,” Werrell said in an interview Wednesday night. “It’s the week before finals.”
Problem is, that’s not the truth.
Dave Brat was interviewed by ABC News in DC WEDNESDAY MORNING, opening with this little gem:
One thing that I want my voters to know about me is I always tell the truth…
The truth? Brat’s campaign tells the Washington Post that Brat wasn’t in DC on Wednesday but there he is, standing in front of the Capitol, telling ABC News that he’s an honest guy.
That begs the question: why did Dave Brat cancel on Norquist and Blackwell?
Maybe because conservative talking heads told him not to?
Once upon a time, Barnie Day was talking shop to a few of us bloggers and recounted a saying by A.L. Philpott, the one-time, all-powerful Speaker of the House of Delegates, regarding interest groups. It went something like this: “If you can’t eat their food, drink their booze, take their money and then vote against them, you’ve got no business being here.”
Eric Cantor’s been hitting Dave Brat pretty hard for failing to take a stand against proposed tax hikes when he served at the pleasure of the Kaine administration. And Brat is running a campaign critical of Cantor for not standing up for the people in the 7th.
But if Dave Brat can’t stand up to conservative talking heads or runs away from a meeting with Grover Norquist instead of standing up to him over his one hit wonder amnesty, how is he going to stand up against Obama, Pelosi, and the Democrats in Washington?