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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had a bit of an uncomfortable moment this morning after a forum on job creation at VCU.

At the end of the rather tame event, (as recounted by Olympia Meloa of the Richmond Times-Dispatch) Cantor was shouted at by members of the liberal group MoveOn.org.

The confrontation was a small part of the lengthy forum.  Cantor was not heckled until the very end. You can see the forum in it’s entirety on the Majority Leader’s UStream Channel.

His full comments on job creation can be found after the jump.

The most vocal protestor was Sandee Delano, who described herself as the Regional Director of MoveOn.

Delano and another woman approached the table where Cantor was standing and shouted insults and asked him when he was going to “grow up.”  Cantor stood his ground and attempted to respond to the pair’s complaints, but when they didn’t like what he was saying, Delano remarked that Henrico Congressman was “so smug”.

Raw video from the confrontation, courtesy of WVIR-TV can be found below:


Congressman Cantor Remarks At
Job Creators Forum

RICHMOND, VA – Today, Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-07) hosted a job creators forum with local business leaders at Virginia Commonwealth University. Moderated by Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, the panel discussion with job creators focused on ways to create an environment to grow the economy and foster private sector job creation. Below are highlights of Congressman Cantor’s remarks at the forum:

On Washington Partnering with Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs: “Start-up businesses, as we know, are disproportionately responsible for job creation. In fact, I think most people would say job creation comes from small businesses. The Kauffmann Foundation did a study about a year ago which demonstrated that it’s not just small businesses; it is the three to five year old small businesses that are disproportionality responsible for job creation. So if we know that to be the case, and if you take Fletcher [Mangum’s] statement that it’s not the government jobs we are after – it’s those jobs that are economically sustainable that we’re after – why wouldn’t we be tilting our policies towards making it more favorable for start-ups?…That’s exactly what the focus in Washington needs to be. We need to be looking at policies that help start-up entrepreneurs grow jobs.”

On Creating Economic Growth: “That’s really what we are about, an incentive based economy where people don’t have any hindrance, as far as government is concerned, to go about taking the risk and creating wealth. For too long the attitude from Washington has been – we have to seek revenues from wherever we can to fund this behemoth of a federal bureaucracy. And we have come to the point where we can’t do it anymore. The more the government takes out of the private sector, the less incentive there is for small businesses to grow. We need that growth engine. The country won’t be the country we know without that growth engine.”

On Securing Our Energy Future: “We believe firmly that in order to secure an energy future for the country you have to start with maximizing energy production here at home, and that includes fossil fuels. We have gotten into a pretty robust debate at the federal level about whether it is appropriate for us to continue to tap into our resources both on and off shore. I always like to say that the Virginia legislature and our Governor have led the way, because we are the only state on the East Coast that has said we want to see deep sea exploration off our coast, because not only does it help contribute to a national energy policy and our national security, it will also help promote jobs in the Commonwealth.”

On Regulatory Reform: “We know that the SBA has admitted that regulations are impacting $1.75 trillion worth of economic activity yearly. If that’s not bad enough, in 2009, the number of new regulations coming down the pike from Washington were 184 new ones in the work place. That is why we in the House are committed to bringing to the floor a bill that will require congressional approval of any regulation coming out of a federal agency that negatively impacts the economy in a significant way. We just can’t continue to have unintended consequences play out the way they have.”

On Bringing Down Corporate Tax Rates and Making America Competitive: “We are in a global economy, we have to realize that we are not just competing against North Carolina or Tennessee; we are competing against the world now. We have some really strong competitors in Asia, China, India and elsewhere. We have to take a look at ourselves and say we are Americans, but that isn’t enough to attract businesses any more. If you ask CEOs that run businesses, they are going to question our tax laws, our regulatory environment, our litigation environment, as to whether we are still the best place to locate a business. We have to redouble our efforts and central to that is tax reform. That is why we are proposing to bring down and cut corporate tax rates to 25% so we can create more jobs. We are also looking at individual rates as well because many small businesses operate as pass through entities and we want equal incentive there so that entrepreneurs can begin to grow again. So with that I think you will see some activity throughout the rest of year on tax reform.”

Watch The Entire Job Creators Forum HERE.



Written by Ryan Nobles

May 18, 2011 at 9:05 pm

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  1. That didn’t appear to be what I would characterize being “heckled.”

    Under the commonly accepted definition, a heckler shouts out her position or comment and refuses to shut-up and hear a response.

    The “your so smug” comment was rude, but otherwise she just asked a few questions and, at least from the clip, it appears that Mr. Cantor just gave answers that “rude girl” just didn’t like.

    I have no problem with folks being forceful in their positions, and a good exchange on the issues is healthy, but those move on folks didn’t need to be rude.

    You play into the hands of the jerks on both sides by giving the free publicity that they really are seeking, every time someone exhibits what I call, Jerry Springer Show, behavior.

    Instead, NEVER give rude behavior the spotlight, and make sure that folks like those Move on jerks know that you will never feature their uncivilized behavior in the future.

    J. Tyler Ballance

    May 18, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    • He couldn’t even look her in the eye. He is smug. Pompous.


      August 31, 2011 at 9:05 pm

  2. I wish so bad that I was there to give him a piece of my mind. That lady was so right he doesn’t care about the small people of the state just the rich. He needs to go if this state is going to have a chance well the poor and middle class


    May 18, 2011 at 11:18 pm

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