Skip to comments.Meet the Man Trying to Unseat Top House Republican Eric Cantor
Posted on 05/15/2014 5:32:27 AM PDT by cotton1706
Meet Dave Brat, an economics and ethics professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, who has launched a long-shot bid to oust House Majority Leader Eric Cantor from his seat representing Virginias 7th Congressional District.
Brat, who admits that he has supported several Cantor candidacies over the years, says he mounted his improbable primary campaign because the House GOPs No. 2 leader has lost touch with his constituents, veering from the Republican creed.
Years ago he had a good conservative track record, but now hes veered off, Brat told ABC News during an interview on Capitol Hill. If you go to Heritage and look at their score, I think hes at about a 53 right now. I mean, thats an F-minus.
Heritage Actions scorecard tracks Republican votes, co-sponsorships and other legislative activity to gauge how conservative members of Congress are performing. Cantor actually receives a 52 percent, which ranks seventh among eight Virginia House Republicans.
While a recent profile of the race in the Washington Post characterized Brat as a potential threat, the quirky challenger knows he has a tough road to victory in the June 10 primary.
Most of these [primary] races dont kick in until about 30 days prior, he said. Now everyones looking, whats the race? Its an open primary and its just Eric and I on the ticket.
Brat, 49, isnt the first primary challenger Cantor has faced. The Richmond Republican smoked primary challenger Floyd Bayne in 2012 by nearly 60 percentage points before cruising to a 17-point victory in the general election.
But with low primary turnout (just 47,000 voters turned out in the primary two years ago) and anti-incumbency fervor at an all-time high, Cantors team says they arent overlooking Brat, although they dont see him getting a great deal of traction.
(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...
I’m making a small contribution to Brat’s candidacy. Nothing would please me more than seeing Cantor ousted from the House. He’s not one of us.
It boils down to the passion and commitment of the volunteers and how effective they are to get the message out.
If there’s not enough money in Brat’s campaign, then he needs about 3000 passionate volunteers to put him over the top.
Well, it sounds like the TEA Party folks are fired up for Brat if you read this article:
Cantor was booed and Brat was cheered at District GOP Convention the other day and his guy was not elected to the leadership post for which Cantor was pushing him. The TEA Party elected one of their own instead. Pray for a severe T-Storm in VA’s 7th Congressional District on June 10th.