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House Majority Leader grabs a Spokane cup o' joe

House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., stops for a cup of Dutch Bros. Coffee with Washington State Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane, on Friday morning. The two met during a Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers fundraiser Thursday night and Cantor expressed interest in seeing Parker's business. (From Kevin Parker's Twitter Account)
House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., stops for a cup of Dutch Bros. Coffee with Washington State Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane, on Friday morning. The two met during a Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers fundraiser Thursday night and Cantor expressed interest in seeing Parker's business. (From Kevin Parker's Twitter Account)

A member of U.S. House of Representatives leadership grabbed some java to go at a Spokane-area Dutch Bros. Coffee this morning. And it wasn't who you might think.

Franchise owner and state Republican lawmaker Kevin Parker hosted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor at one of his drive-thru espresso stands this morning, tweeting out "Look who stopped by our coffee stand this morning." Accompanying the pic was a shot of both men grinning in front of a drive-thru window, ties not included.

Parker said Cantor was in town to attend an area fundraiser for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Thursday night. While there, Parker talked to Cantor about the business he started, and the Virginia Republican expressed some interest in seeing one of the stands before he left from the airport Friday morning.

Cantor, who graduated from Columbia University in New York with a Master of Science degree in Real Estate Development in 1989, worked at his family's real estate firm for a decade in the '90s while beginning his political career in the Virginia State House of Delegates. Parker was surprised and impressed by Cantor's private sector acumen.

"He's a pretty big business guy," Parker said Friday afternoon.




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