A top staffer to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is leaving his post to launch a super PAC aimed at raising he national profiles of like-minded, young conservatives.According to the National Journal, John Murray, Cantor’s deputy chief of staff, will soon leave Capitol Hill to begin raising money for a “Young Guns” super PAC; Murray later told Politico that he will leave at the end of the week. The PAC’s name comes from the label Cantor and fellow GOPers Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) adopted to describe their brand of conservatism that, in the wake of the spend-happy Bush years, sought to return to traditional fiscal conservative policies.
In raising huge sums of cash, the PAC would be able to effectively boost legislators onto the national scene. In the case of Cantor, who has become a major thorn in President Obama’s side by marshaling strong GOP opposition to Democratic bills in the House, it could be used a springboard to higher office.
Some conservatives have floated Cantor as a possible late entrant into the 2012 presidential race, though its doubtful he will join the fray so late in the season. However, with a fundraising machine behind him and a heightened national profile, he could latch on to the number two slot with the eventual nominee.
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