- The Washington Times - Friday, August 1, 2014

The man who dramatically unseated former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor from his Virginia seat took the high road Friday upon learning the congressman will resign in mid-August.

Dave Brat, a tea party-backed professor, knocked Mr. Cantor from his perch in the suburban Richmond district in June’s Republican primary.

“I want to thank Eric for his service to the Seventh District and to the entire Commonwealth,” Mr. Brat said through his campaign. “The time one has to sacrifice to be an elected official is enormous, and he has sacrificed a great deal to serve the people. I also want to thank him for his endorsement. I wish Eric and his family the best in their future endeavors.”

Mr. Cantor stepped down from his leadership post Thursday.

He told the Richmond Times-Dispatch he will step down from his congressional seat Aug. 18 so constituents in the district are well-represented during the “consequential” lame-duck session, The Associated Press reported.

Mr. Cantor wants Gov. Terry McAuliffe to call a special election that coincides with the Nov. 4 general election, so his successor can take office right away, AP said.

Mr. Brat said he’s ready to go.

“Right now, I’m focused on winning on November 4th,” he said. “If I’m fortunate enough to be chosen by the people of the Seventh District to be their next congressman, I’ll come to the office on November 5th ready to serve.”

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