Why Cantor lost–and details on his replacement

In an unprecedented loss, Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia was unseated by Dave Brat, a professor of economics and ethics at Randolph-Macon College.

For the first time since 1899, a sitting House Majority Leader lost an election.

The victory was stunning to Cantor’s own campaign, who had him handily winning 62/28 against his relatively unknown opponent.

The race had “become a referendum on amnesty”, with Rep. Cantor’s firm support of amnesty for the children of illegal immigrants—an effective amnesty for their parents as well—effectively ending his current employment.

In the few days before the election, Breitbart Texas obtained leaked photos showing a “humanitarian crisis” at the border town of Nogales, AZ of nearly 1,000 Central American minors being held in disease-ridden, cell-like rooms after trying to cross the border anticipating amnistía through President Obama’s DACA Act (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). And although none of them qualify for the act, the process of deporting these individuals will require enormous resources:

But the tens of thousands of Central American youths will likely never be deported and many will be released in the U.S. while they are being “processed.” American taxpayers will fund their stay in specially created shelters and military facilities. The Obama administration has also launched a special program called Justice AmeriCorps to give them free legal help. The administration has asked Congress for more than $2 billion, the senior administration officials revealed at today’s press call. The minors are coming mostly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador and some may have criminal backgrounds.

According to Homeland Security, “it’s all over the news in Central America that if you bring your kids north you have a free pass.” Cantor was known for his strong support for this measure and working with President Obama on amnesty—which may have been the final nail in his campaign’s coffin due to the growing border crisis.

Cantor’s replacement, Brat, had this to say about his challenger and why he ran:

“Years ago he had a good conservative track record, but now he’s veered off,” Brat told ABC News during an interview on Capitol Hill in May. “If you go to Heritage and look at their score, I think he’s at about a 53 right now. I mean, that’s an F-minus.”

Brat calls himself as a “free market guy,” and says he wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act. He also pledged never to increase taxes and to stick to a five-year promise not to vote to increase the debt limit.”

Brat received endorsements from prominent conservative commentators, and received congratulations from Sarah Palin, who said in a Facebook post, “Dave Brat was massively outspent (more than 10 to 1) and laughed off by most, but he won the trust of voters the old fashioned way – one by one.”

Ann Coulter said the following of Brat:

“Dave Brat, an economics professor like Roche, is challenging Rep. Eric Cantor: Maniacal Amnesty Supporter. Cantor says “immigration reform could be an economic boon to this country.”

You don’t have to be an economics professor to know that bringing in millions of workers is not “an economic boon” to the workers already here. (If only we could bring in millions of workers to compete for Cantor’s job.)

Brat responded to Cantor’s baby-talk, saying immigration “lowers wages, adds to unemployment, and the taxpayer pays the tab for any benefits to folks coming in.” “

In Brat’s own words to characterize the election:

“The central policy issue in this race has become Cantor’s absolute determination to pass an amnesty bill. Cantor is the No. 1 cheerleader in Congress for amnesty,” Brat continued. “This is not the Republican way to fix our economy and labor markets.”

Brat’s educational background includes a Masters in Divinity from Princeton and a Ph.D in economics from American University.

In the November election, Brat faces the Democratic opponent who ironically is a professor at the same college, Jack Trammell.


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