NFIB endorses GOP congressional incumbents; GINGPAC endorses Cantor too

Congressman Eric Cantor received two key endorsements from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and the Government is Not God PAC (GINGPAC) yesterday. Additionally, all GOP incumbents were given the nod by NFIB.

“Each of these members has achieved a strong NFIB voting record, taking the small-business position on issues such as Obamacare, lawsuit abuse and sensible regulations,” said Nicole Riley, state director of NFIB/Virginia.

The candidates are:

• Rob Wittman (1st District), 100 percent voting record
• Scott Rigell (2nd District), 100 percent
• Randy Forbes (4th District), 100 percent
• Robert Hurt (5th District), 100 percent
• Bob Goodlatte (6th District), 100 percent
• Morgan Griffith (9th District), 78 percent

“Year in and year out, these lawmakers have supported small, family businesses by consistently voting for legislation that will help them succeed and create jobs,” Riley said.

Barbara Comstock has been previously endorsed by NFIB in her delegate campaigns, most recently last September. They have not yet endorsed for the general election against Democrat John Foust.

NFIB endorsed Cantor separately, saying of the Majority Leader

“Our members support the candidates who support small business, and Eric Cantor’s record when it comes to small-business issues is rock solid,” said Nicole Riley, state director of NFIB/Virginia.

“Congressman Cantor has achieved a lifetime 96-percent NFIB voting record, taking the small-business position on issues such as Obamacare, lawsuit abuse and sensible regulations,” Riley said.

“He supported the Working Family Flexibility Act, which would allow employers to provide greater scheduling flexibility to their employees, and he supported the Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act to repeal the expensive and burdensome paperwork mandate of the poorly-named Affordable Care Act,” Riley said.

“His position as House Majority Leader means he’s responsible for getting the votes that are important to small business,” Riley said. “He has proven himself time and again to be a strong advocate for our members and for Main Street Virginia.

“Our members believe we need to send him back to Congress so he can continue working to help small businesses grow and create jobs,” Riley said.

Cantor also picked-up a key vote of confidence from social conservative William J. Murray of GINGPAC. Writing on, Murray says:

Is Eric Cantor a real conservative? This is the answer: The Washington Post is running negative stories about Eric Cantor almost every day, and he is constantly under attack by the liberal side of the media. He has a zero rating from the pro-abortion group NARAL. He also has a zero rating from the homosexual activist group Human Rights Campaign. Cantor has consistently voted against special privileges for gays, and for pro-traditional family legislation. Cantor has worked tirelessly for reform of the IRS and championed legislation to stop the EPA from shutting down coal production in Virginia. Currently he is pushing legislation to assist charter schools as well.

Cantor is a solid conservative who understands that in the end Republicans in Congress can’t shut down the government without horrible results for the nation and for the GOP. He gets what spending cuts he can while standing for both the economic and social conservative agenda. But he is not going to lead the GOP into the suicide mission of government closure which many, but not all, tea-party activists favor.

J.R. Hoeft is the founder of

Twitter: @jrhoeft | Facebook: | Subscribe: Free daily email