House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, in what he called an effort to “help the team,” did a meet-and-greet fundraiser at a Britney Spears concert this week in Washington.
"I had a political event there, and it was simply because it was there to help the team, that's why I was there," Cantor told CNN. Cantor attended the teen-dominated event to raise money for his political action committee, ERICPAC. The event was hosted by the Truckers Association, which has a box at the Verizon Center, where Spears was performing.
A Cantor aide reportedly told the Washington Post that his boss didn’t enjoy himself, but saw it as a valuable outreach to grow the party’s base.
"If suffering through a Britney Spears concert will raise one more dime to help Republicans take back the House, then next time there should be 100 more members sitting there with Cantor," the aide told the Post.
Cantor, who left a GOP dinner to attend the 9 p.m. show, did offer a brief review to CNN, telling its reporter that it was “quite a show."
"I hand it to the performer, she was something," he said.
The congressman also said his daughter was "really mad" he did not bring her to the concert. "She had school that day, and the next, and I wasn't going to bring her up here to miss it."
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