Washington, DC – Tonight, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) conceded to GOP Primary challenger, David Brat, in the race for the Republican primary in VA-07.
Following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, reacting to this news:
“Let’s be clear: Eric Cantor was no friend of immigration reform. He’s been the main person in the House blocking a vote on citizenship, and he proudly campaigned on his opposition to reform.
“He’s also a slick politician who speaks out of both sides of his mouth on issues such as immigration, and when a politician speaks out of both sides of his mouth it means he doesn’t believe in anything. Cantor has always seemed more interested in his own rise to House speaker than in tending to his district. It appears the primary voters decided he was out of touch.
“Whether immigration reform happens or not, these are the facts: a year ago the Senate passed a bipartisan bill, it’s still up to the House GOP leadership to decide whether to give us a vote or not, and the votes exist in the House to pass reform. Maybe Boehner will be freed up to do the right thing. But if the House GOP declares immigration dead, then we will turn to a President who has the authority to take executive action.
“If the House GOP declares immigration is dead, then so is the GOP as a national party. The growing number of Latino, Asian American and immigrant voters will make sure of it.
“Too bad Rep. Cantor didn’t steal a page from Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who leaned into the issue, was unapologetic about his principled stand and won his primary handily. Elections are referendums on an incumbent’s leadership ability. Graham won big. Cantor lost big.”
347 Days Since Senate Passed its Immigration Bill; 17 Days Left Until Window of Opportunity Closes