Cantor's move to the middle rankles leaders

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#1 Mar 13, 2013
By JAKE SHERMAN | 3/13/13 4:34 AM EDT
Eric Cantor has spent the last four years carefully cultivating his image as a foil to President Barack Obama and the conservative conscience of House Speaker John Boehner.

No more.

The man who once threatened to block emergency aid for tornado victims unless Congress found an “offset” is now pitching himself as a man just looking to get important issues like job training and education reform through a partisan Congress.
(Also on POLITICO: Big names top closed-door retreat)
So far this year, Cantor has maneuvered behind the scenes to push the Violence Against Women Act through the House — scheduling a vote on the floor before an angry Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy had a chance to gauge its support.
He kept lawmakers in town during a storm chiefly to mark up job education legislation.
He made a high-profile visit to Selma, Ala., with Democratic Rep. and civil rights icon John Lewis.
And he spoke on education at a school in New Orleans and – wait for it – Harvard.

In case anyone misses the message, it’s tough to find a Cantor press release these days without some mention of “moms,”“dads” and “families.

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