Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Eric Cantor Defeated In GOP Primary!

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia was defeated in Virginia primary.

House Majority Leader, Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia got the pink slip by fellow Republicans. It seems like this is the first major victory of the insurgency.

Tea Party endorsed Dave Brat put an end to the long-term legislator.

USA Today reports Brat, an economics professor at Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Va., had been making an issue of Cantor's desire to pass an immigration bill.

In a sign of Tea Party discontent in Cantor's Richmond-based district, activists booed and heckled the Virginia Republican in March.
Dave Brat will be the Republican nominee for the 7th Congressional District in Virginia.

Cantor was the U.S. Representative for Virginia's 7th congressional district, serving since 2001. A member of the Republican Party, he became House Majority Leader when the 112th Congress convened on January 3, 2011. He previously served as House Minority Whip from 2009 to 2011.

His district includes most of the northern and western sections of Richmond, along with most of Richmond's western suburbs and portions of the Shenandoah Valley. Cantor is the highest-ranking Jewish member of Congress in its history, and currently Congress' only Jewish Republican.

Dave Brat beat the majority leader on the whims of being a part of the establishment.

Did you know that love isn't always political?

Cantor met his wife, Diana Marcy Fine, on a blind date; they were married in 1989.

They have three children: Evan, Jenna, and Michael. Fine is a lifelong, liberal Democrat. Contrary to her husband's stated positions, she is pro-choice and supports same-sex marriage.

Well it seems like Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will now have to watch what they do the next go around. They managed to fight off their primary foes. But Cantor, being a highly polarizing figure in the party was shaken out of the tree.

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