POLITICS
05/08/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Cantor's Strategy: Ambushing Freshman Democrats

Peril awaits any first-term lawmaker who ventures to the House floor unprepared for a duel, but Ohio Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy had a particularly rough go of it the other day.

Kilroy took the floor to support an amendment to a popular public-service bill -- only to face an ambush from Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), who hit her hard for her vote on an unrelated American International Group measure.

It wasn't an accident.

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