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  Manzullo: Cantor should step down for interfering in primary
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Last EditedCOSDem  Mar 19, 2012 11:59pm
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News DateTuesday, March 20, 2012 05:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionRep. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.) said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor should step down from his leadership position for interfering in Tuesday’s primary.

The 10-term congressman said he was “outraged” that Cantor (R-Va.) endorsed freshman Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) in the battle between the two lawmakers, which is growing nastier by the day.

“He needs to step down as majority leader,” Manzullo told The Hill on Monday afternoon, referring to Cantor. “Members of our conference don’t trust him, and when you don’t trust someone, you need to replace him.”

Tuesday’s primary has turned into a proxy war between the Tea Party, which is backing Manzullo, and the GOP leadership, members of which have donated to or endorsed Kinzinger, a rising star in the party who has been named a deputy House whip.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) donated to Kinzinger’s campaign shortly before the freshman lawmaker announced he would run against Manzullo. Boehner has since cut a $5,000 check to Manzullo — the same amount he gave Kinzinger — and Manzullo said Boehner apologized to him for the earlier donation, saying it’d been a mix-up.
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