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November 1, 2014

Boehner Statement on Cantor’s Defeat

House GOP leaders weren’t expecting Majority Leader Eric Cantor to lose his primary Tuesday night against Tea Party-backed challenger Dave Brat, so nobody had statements ready when the race was called shortly after 8 p.m.

Reflections on the Virginia Republican’s defeat only began to filter in during the very late hours of the evening.

All were brief, free of political rancor for Brat and of any hints at personal ambitions to climb the ranks with the House’s No. 2 GOP lawmaker out of the picture in the 114th Congress.

Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., widely considered to now be angling for Cantor’s job, said “every single Member of this conference is indebted to Eric’s graciousness and leadership.”

Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., called Cantor “a great friend and colleague.”

Perhaps the most revealing assessment of the evening’s turn of events came from Speaker John A. Boehner. Earlier, he exited from a local Italian restaurant and declined to speak with reporters who were waiting for him.

Once safely out of the media’s reach, however, the Ohio Republican released a brief statement that touched, in just three sentences, on just how surprising Cantor’s defeat really was, and how at a loss all politicians and political operatives are to explain how the loss transpired:

“Eric Cantor and I have been through a lot together. He’s a good friend and a great leader, and someone I’ve come to rely upon on a daily basis as we make the tough choices that come with governing. My thoughts are with him and Diana and their kids tonight.”

 

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  • Alan Lambert

    Does Cantor’s loss put VA-7 in the tossup column? I think it should…

  • Dumb_Tim_Armstrong

    His only chance would have been to play something like this as a campaign song:

  • http://none.com Jack Everett
  • erick

    Gosh Eric Cantor was defeeted. That sounds painfull. Is that what they do to you if you loose?

  • Andre Leonard

    Good riddance..

  • cliftonbritt

    Getting rid of a RINO never hurts but there are bigger fish in the RINO sea.

  • Hima Layan

    The US government’s debt on January 19, 2001 was 5.7 trillion dollars.

  • guest

    Boehner will soon be history too!

  • Rod Dainjer

    To pay off its egregious debt, the US government would have to pay out a billion dollars – over 17,000 times.

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