Cantor To Help Bush Raise Jewish Money

Eric Cantor, the former GOP House majority leader and highest ranking Jew in Congressional history, will endorse Jeb Bush, Politico reports.

He will be named a Virginia state co-chair of Bush's presidential campaign, and is expected to play a key role in raising Jewish money.

"Cantor was courted intensely by other candidates. Cantor retains a strong political network in Virginia, a key primary and swing state. And he has enviable connections among Jewish business leaders who can be key supporters and donors," according to Politico.

Cantor was defeated in the GOP primary in 2014 by a Tea Party candidate, Dave Brat,  mounting a stunning challenge from the right, winning 55.5 percent to 44.5 percent.  Despite Cantor's solid conservative credentials, his opponent accused him of promoting "amnesty" by even talking about a limited form of immigration reform.

Cantor didn't wait till the end of his term but resigned early to become an investment banker at a impressive pay hike – from $193,400 a year as majority leader to $3.4 million with Moelis & Company, according to Wikipedia.

He was a prolific fundraiser for himself and his colleagues while in Congress, with extensive connections among wealthy Republicans, particularly Jews, and it is that talent that Bush will be calling on.  

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