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February 11, 2016

Team Cantor Self-Medicates to Tune of $6,500

Team Cantor gathered at the Tune Inn to commiserate. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Team Cantor gathered at the Tune Inn to commiserate. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Current and former staffers for soon-to-step-down House Majority Leader Eric Cantor flooded into the Tune Inn Wednesday for a semi-private shindig featuring some heartfelt sobs, a few laughs and lots of Jameson.

The aides assembled at the Capitol Hill watering hole shortly before the Virginia Republican took to TV to announce that he would be relinquishing his leadership post, but not his seat, as of July 31. Cantor suffered a bruising defeat at the hands of tea party candidate Dave Brat on Tuesday night.

Once the news conference was over, the commiserators wiped away their tears and immediately opened their wallets — ponying up $500 and $1,000 apiece in order to cover the $6,500 required to have the bar to themselves from 6 p.m. ’til closing.

Once the deal was done — staff were instructed to distribute wrist bands to the first 100 guests for what we presume was some sort of open bar scenario (“Everyone else pays,” one bartender alerted her co-worker) — the drinks began flowing (Jack and Cokes, whiskey shots were early favorites) and the jukebox started rocking.

The playlist was straight ’90s and 2000s rock (Creed, Guns and Roses, Candlebox) — you know, when music mattered. And life was still good.

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  • ShadrachSmith

    Cantor is a good man. However, there has always been a small government wing of American politics…ever since Madison…whose district this was. And Cantor got beat by someone who better represents those voters who believe in smaller government.

    This is a good part of American politics. Madisonian small government is a good influence on any governing body.

  • Mick Hargreaves

    I’m hard pressed to pick three bands that suck more. Which is perfect somehow.


      Creed, sure. But GnR… not even close.

      • dalancroft

        Second the G&R

    • adam


  • vonlmo

    6500 for an 8-hr boozer while sitn shivah was a pretty good deal.

  • Connie Schoenung

    With all due respect and understanding, it is really sad that this group is part of the politicians that could not or would do anything for the unemployment extension– for which hard working taxpayers paid. However, the politicians have enough of tax-payers’ money to pay for this bar bill. I am a registered Republic; but, FORTUNATELY, I am the sector that believes in hard work, family, and creating jobs — and helping those who want to work. Both Democrats and Republican politicians have shown that they believe only an elite few are entitled to the American dream, while others continue to struggle. But, at least those of us who are honest hard working people will find a wider path into the gates of Heaven.

    • Michael Teigen

      Tune Inn for the rest of the story! Only on Roll Call!! At least the bar will be able to pay their PEPCO bill for the duration of summer.

  • VoteOutIncumbents

    Gee…these folks must make good money. Wonder what their average salaries are? Or should I say…were? Bet they make a whole lot more than Cantor’s average constituent. Maybe that’s part of the problem.

  • mathewsjw

    someone should have passed out applications 4 the Bart Campaign

  • dalancroft

    Yes, this ^ . You forgot arrogant.

  • Michael Ramirez

    Some claim that particular forms of collectivism, such as “democratic socialism” will eliminate the problem of who decides for whom.

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