Eric Cantor’s travelogue, interrupted


Lawmakers will always have Paris--at least after they finish a Middle East trip. (BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Brad Dayspring, spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, started out chronicling the “codel” (congressional delegation) through a series of behind-the-scenes photos and observations. Sample tweets: “Istanbul traffic...pretty similar to DC traffic;” “The pudding store in Istanbul. Really.” We also were treated to snapshots of his seat on the airplane and of the Grand Bazaar. Far more interesting than the dry, official tweets coming from his boss and others on the trip.

Alas, the travelogue abruptly halted after a tantalizing few days, only to return with more work-focused tweets.

We are blaming our friends over at Roll Call, who wrote about Dayspring’s travels--the Heard on the Hill column wrote a cheeky piece titled “Air Cantor,” then reporter Paul Singer re-tweeted Dayspring’s missives with the slangy slug “@EricCantor’s excellent junket.”

A stateside Cantor spokeswoman wouldn’t comment, but noted that her boss is tweeting the trip, too, for those who are dying for a minute-by-minute account.

The group of lawmakers, including House Foreign Affairs Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), will visit Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and France before returning to American soil later this week.

We hope Dayspring isn’t too twitter-shy; we would love to see some snapshots of the Eiffel Tower!

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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