Last week, the head of Tea Party Nation attacked House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for not being conservative enough, writing, “Charlie Sheen is now making more sense than John Boehner.” Local tea party activists also attacked Boehner on ethics. And now, Boehner’s deputy, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), is in trouble with tea party activists in his home district:
That frustration boiled over recently when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-7th, opposed an amendment that would have made deeper cuts than the $61 billion that the House passed. It triggered a blistering reaction from leaders of the Virginia Tea Party Patriot Federation.
“We are extremely disappointed in Eric Cantor, but not surprised,” Mark K. Lloyd, chairman of the federation, said in a news release. “The will of the American people was pretty clear in November — cut, cut, cut spending. Apparently, Eric Cantor’s ‘conversion’ to fiscal restraint was only temporary.”
The tea-party activists also called out Rep. Frank R. Wolf, R-10th, for voting against the amendment.
“Anger and dissatisfaction with both representatives is very high in the Virginia Tea Party movement.”
The failed amendment would have made steep across-the-board cuts in non-security discretionary spending. Jamie Radtke, a Virginia tea-party activist who is running for Senate, said she has a broader concern that the GOP leadership lacks “the stomach to make the real cuts that need to be made.” As a growing movement of Main Street Americans demand fairness in taxation and social spending, will Cantor be beholden to the tea party special interest?