Michael Patrick Leahy

Michael Patrick Leahy

Michael Patrick Leahy is a Breitbart News contributor, Editor of Broadside Books’ Voices of the Tea Party e-book series, and author of Covenant of Liberty: The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement.

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Cantor Spends Big While Brat Hammers Immigration Issue

New filings showed Majority Leader Eric Cantor spent about $1 million in the seven weeks between April 1 and May 21 against a long-shot primary challenger, Radolph-Macon economics professor David Brat, while Brat continued to hammer Cantor on the immigration issue with a new web ad featuring a photograph of Cantor and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Jun 2, 2014 8:04 AM PT

Issa: 'Operation Choke Point' Is Illegal, Must Be Dismantled

On Thursday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee issued a staff report that concluded "[i]n light of the Department [of Justice]'s obligation to act within the bounds of the law, and its avowed commitment not to 'discourage or inhibit' the lawful conduct of honest merchants, it is necessary to disavow and dismantle Operation Choke Point."  May 30, 2014 8:26 AM PT

Days from Primary, Eric Cantor Poses as Anti-Amnesty Warrior

Cantor, whose primary race against a political newcomer, Randolph Macon economic professor David Brat, has improbably garnered national attention, has sent thousands of voters a flier claiming he is the chief bulwark against the “Obama-Reid plan to give illegal aliens amnesty.” May 27, 2014 11:07 AM PT

GOP Establishment Strikes Back With Big Dollars To Protect Boehner Ally In Idaho

Former Congressman Steven LaTourette (R-OH), a long time ally of Speaker John Boehner, is the driving force behind the outside national groups that have spent more than $2 million to help incumbent Republican Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID) stave off Tea Party-backed challenger Bryan Smith in Tuesday's Republican primary in Idaho's 2nd Congressional District. May 19, 2014 9:08 AM PT

Crony Capitalist Panic: Ad Supporting Cantor First Primary Buy in American Chemistry Council's 142 Year History

The American Chemical Council [ACC] will make a $289,000 independent expenditure for local network and cable television ads in support of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) during the three weeks leading up to the June 10 Republican primary in Virginia's 7th Congressional District. The ad buy, first reported in Politico, will begin some time next week, according to an email ACC spokesperson Anne Kolton sent Breitbart News late Friday. May 17, 2014 8:02 AM PT

Eric Cantor Primary Challenger David Brat Receives National Attention

When Randolph-Macon College economics professor David Brat announced a challenge to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) in Virginia's 7th Congressional District Republican primary several months ago, many wrote his campaign off as a quixotic whim that would go nowhere. May 15, 2014 11:28 AM PT

Watch: Eric Cantor Booed By Tea Party Activists

On Saturday, while the votes were being counted in Tea Party-backed Fred Gruber's  685 to 636 vote victory over Linwood Cobb for the important job of district chairman of the 7th Congressional District Republican Committee, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) delivered a seven minute speech that may go down as one of the classic meltdowns of the 2014 Republican primary season. May 13, 2014 6:40 AM PT

Boehner Allies Look to Take Out Justin Amash

Brimming with confidence after Tuesday's primary election victories, key leaders of the Republican establishment in Michigan are targeting Tea Party Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) in August's Republican primary in Michigan's 3rd Congressional District. May 9, 2014 10:30 AM PT

Tea Party Grapples With Tuesday Losses

In the war between the GOP Establishment and the Tea Party, Tuesday was a bloody day for the Tea Party, and some activists and national conservative leaders are already discussing what went wrong. May 8, 2014 2:37 PM PT


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