Cantor hits primary challenger in TV ad
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Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorFeehery: The governing party 'Release the memo' — let's stop pretending that Democrats are the defenders of the FBI Raúl Labrador, a model for Hispanic politicians reaching higher MORE (R-Va.) isn't taking any chances in his bid for reelection, airing a television ad this week that accuses his Republican primary opponent of being a “liberal” who advised Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineSave lives, restore congressional respect by strengthening opioids’ seizure Overnight Finance: Lawmakers, Treasury look to close tax law loopholes | Trump says he backs gas tax hike | Markets rise despite higher inflation | Fannie Mae asks for .7B Bipartisan Senate group says they have immigration deal MORE (D-Va.).

Cantor is facing a challenge from David Brat, an economist at Randolph-Macon College, who has said the No. 2 House Republican is insufficiently conservative.

Hitting back at Brat, Cantor on Wednesday released an ad highlighting the fact that Brat served on Kaine’s council of economic advisers when he was governor at a time when he pushing for higher taxes.

“Liberal college professor? Time Kaine adviser? Republican?” the narrator in the ad says. “Come on, professor. You’ve got to be kidding.”

Brat responded with a statement calling the ad a “bold-faced lie.” He said that while he did serve on the advisory council, he did not advocate for higher taxes or provide policy advice to Kaine. 

Cantor has banked more than $2 million for the race compared to Brat's less than $90,000. But with approval ratings for Congress near an all-time low, Cantor is taking the challenge seriously ahead of the commonwealth's June 10 primary. 

Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRestoring fiscal sanity requires bipartisan courage GOP congressman slams primary rival for Ryan donations Speculation swirls about Kevin McCarthy’s future MORE (R-Ohio) is facing several primary challengers in his home district and has spent money on a television ad for the first time in years, although his spot has a positive tone.