Campaign 2010

Dec 21, 2010

Hypocrite of the Week: Eric Cantor, Big Spending Anti-Spender

The DCCC today named incoming Republican Leader Eric Cantor (VA-07) the Hypocrite of the Week for his strident opposition to spending on federal government salaries while boosting his own federal staff payroll by 81%. The Associated Press revealed the glaring hypocrisy in an analysis on Monday.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: "For a guy who insists that federal bureaucrats make too much money, incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor sure doesn't mind handing out handsome government raises of his own. Cantor, the Virginia Republican who has led the GOP charge this year to freeze federal salaries, has boosted his congressional office's payroll by 81 percent since coming to Congress in 2001 - about 8 percent per year through 2009. When he became minority whip last year, the office's personnel expenses went up by at least 16 percent." [AP, 12/20/10]

"Representative Cantor is the latest member of the 'do what I say, not what I do' club in the House Republican caucus. It's clear that his strident anti-spending rhetoric is nothing more than bluster as he's happy to shower his staff by nearly doubling his payroll in Congress while working families struggle and our budget deficits get bigger and bigger," said Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Representative Cantor is happy to give a lecture about cutting pay for federal workers pay at the same time he's handing out ‘handsome government raises of his own.' That is what makes Eric Cantor the hypocrite of the week."