Abdul At Large
Cantor and Constituent Service
“Politics is a lot like marriage, if you don’t take care of your constituents, someone else will.” That is one piece of advice I learned a long time ago and always made it a point to remember.
This is especially true in the case involving soon to be former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Cantor, as you know, lost his primary to David Brat. The political class has been trying to figure out what happened and offering every theory under the sun: immigration, the tea party, internal political strife, whatever. But at the end of the day, it was constituent service that did Cantor in.
I spoke with some friends of mine who lived in Cantor’s district and they had nothing complementary to say about his staff. What they did say about them, I couldn’t print here.
There is a reason Dan Burton and Julia Carson kept getting re-elected. Say what you will about their politics, both Burton and Carson understood the importance of constituent service. When someone needed a passport, social security check, veterans assistance, it got done. If you called Cantor’s office asking for help it was like they were doing you a favor.
And at the end of the day, the end result was the only people who came out and voted were they people who were mad at him.
This is what happens when you don’t take care of your political business. You find yourself out of work real quick.