Cantor announced Wednesday that he will resign as majority leader, a post he has held since 2002, by the end of July.
“You want someone who can unite Ronald Reagan’s three legs of the conservative coalition: social, economic and national defense, as well as the newest leg of that coalition, which is the Tea Party,” said Richard Viguerie, chairman of ConservativeHQ and author of “Takeover: The 100-Year War for the Soul of the GOP and How Conservatives Can Finally Win It.”
“Once you've established the conservative bona fides of a candidate, you'll want someone who is an articulate, strong partisan in the model of Newt Gingrich,” Viguerie told CNSNews.com.
“Gingrich was never a limited government constitutional conservative, but he was an extremely articulate, strong partisan. In the present Republican leadership in the House and Senate, there is not anyone who is articulate, much less a strong partisan,” added Viguerie, who calls the GOP’s current leaders “boneless wonders."
”Republicans need someone who can go on the offense,” he pointed out. “But most libertarian members of Congress would have a difficult time leading the present day face of the Republican Party.”
Penny Young Nance, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America (CWA), says that the new majority leader should use the second most powerful position in the House to block legislation that is “contrary to conservative principles.’
“The majority leader is such an important job because he or she controls the House agenda,” Nance told CNSNews.com.
“We want the next majority leader to be willing to use his role to ward off legislation that is contrary to conservative principles and to work towards an agenda of life, economic freedom, national security and strong families.”
Diana Banister, vice president of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs, a conservative-only PR shop, also says she wants to see “bold leadership” from the next House majority leader.
“We know the current policies are not working, so what are the alternatives that GOP leaders should be taking up? It shouldn’t just be reactionary to what the Democrats or the Obama Administration are doing,” Banister told CNSNews.com. “True leaders set an agenda and go for it. “
“What are they doing on federal spending, the size and scope of government? If I were John Boehner, I would assign each member of Congress the task of finding redundant programs in federal agencies, [and] government jobs that are no longer needed."
"We know there is waste. We know there is unnecessary spending. Let’s dig down and find real ways to cut [it]," she said.
“Why haven’t the laws already on the books to secure the border been implemented?” Banister asked.
“What are they doing to cut regulation, to offer alternatives to the Affordable Care Act, to protect religious liberty, to solve the Medicare and Social Security issues?”
Family Research Council (FRC) president Tony Perkins told CNSNews.com that he is “looking for a leader who has a complete conservative portfolio, who understands the importance of limited government, free markets, strong defense and stable families.“
“The next leader must have the ability and desire to unite the conservative movement and harness its influence if we are to save the Republic,” Perkins said.