'Cooter' of 'Dukes of Hazzard': I Helped Beat Cantor

Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 11:12 PM

By Greg Richter

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Ben Jones, the actor who played "Cooter" on "The Dukes of Hazzard" and once served in Congress, is taking partial credit for Tuesday's primary election defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

"What defeated Eric Cantor was hubris. You know, the Greeks warned against that and all," Jones said Wednesday on CNN's "Out Front with Erin Burnett."

"He got above his raisin'. He got too big for his britches," said Jones, a former Democratic congressman from Georgia.

Jones had a grudge against Cantor, whom he ran against in 2002 after moving to Virginia.

In a letter that appeared on The Huffington Post, Jones urged Democrats in Cantor's district to vote in the Republican primary for tea party candidate Dave Brat, who ended up winning.

Virginia holds open primaries, so it is legal for anyone to vote in either the GOP or Democratic primary regardless of party affiliation.

"Ain't no freude like schadenfreude," Jones told the New York Daily News.

Jones said Cantor didn't run a clean campaign against him in 2002.

"He questioned my patriotism. He made fun of me for the 'Dukes of Hazard' and being a Southerner. He was condescending and he was just snotty. So, yeah, I feel good that he lost and I had something to do with it."

Jones said he has gotten calls of support from all quarters, but says he doesn't expect it to last long.

"Democrats love me. The tea party loves me. That will last about 20 minutes," he said.

Cantor isn't the first Republican leader Jones is taking credit for troubling. After Jones' two terms representing Georgia, he was defeated by Newt Gingrich, who later became House speaker.

Jones filed an ethics complaint against Gingrich, leading to years of problems that ended in Gingrich's paying a $300,000 fine.




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