Bayne represents Cantor’s problem with the Tea Party
He truly believes he can beat Eric Cantor.
“My goal is to win,” said Bayne in an interview on NBC12 First at 4.
While many Tea Pary candidates, like Bayne have run to prove a point, or to get a platform to spread their message, Bayne believes that there is a path to his victory. Despite being dramatically underfunded he is going into November with suprising confidence.
“65% of the voters in this district are conservative/Republican. It’s been gerrymandered to be that way,” said Bayne. “So then it comes down to do you want a Republican or do you want a conservative? And Mr. Cantor’s not a conservative.”
While Cantor and Tea Party people like Bayne share a common disdain for the Obama administration, the powerful incumbent is not beloved by the insurgent movement. Even though Cantor is poised to become one of the most powerful people in the Federal Government, he doesn’t enjoy rock star support among Tea Party activists like Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Cantor was noticeably absent at the Virginia Tea Party Convention, an event that featured Cuccinelli, Governor Bob McDonnell and former Senator George Allen.
Floyd Bayne aims to make sure that message is sent and even if he doesn’t win, he is hoping that his candidacy will put establishment Republicans like Cantor on notice.
“They’re not listening, they’re more interested in what the party hierarchy wants than they are in what the people want,” he said. “They’re more interested in advancing their own personal careers than they are in adhering to the constitution.”
Eric Cantor will appear on NBC12 First at 4 on Monday November 1st.
Our entire interview with Floyd Bayne can be seen below. The transcript can be found at NBC12.com.