House Majority Leader Eric Cantor went into damage control mode after giving $25,000 to a super PAC devoted to defeating incumbent House members.
The news of Rep. Cantor’s contribution to the Campaign for Primary Accountability took party leaders by surprise.
By Friday evening, Rep. Cantor launched an outreach effort to quell the damage caused by his donation to the super PAC that has tried to unseat members of both parties. The Virginia Republican had begun phoning colleagues who the Campaign for Primary Accountability targeted to smooth over hurt feelings.
Rep. Cantor’s contribution came during last month’s primary between Republican Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Don Manzullo, a contest where Rep. Manzullo was targeted with more than $200,000 in CPA spending. The super PAC ran TV ads against Manzullo, a twenty-year-incumbent who was drawn into the same district as the freshman Rep. Kinzinger, whom Cantor supported.