GLEN ALLEN, Va. – After pulling off the biggest upset victory of the primary season, Republican congressional nominee Dave Brat isn’t saying much publicly.
“I am not ignoring you,” Brat told a reporter Thursday.
“I need a few days to decompress after that election,” Brat told CNN, two days after the tea party-backed economics professor toppled House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the GOP primary in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District.
“I’m just so happy with the outcome of the election. I literally have a thousand emails, a thousand voicemails so I’m just trying to catch up on everything,” he added.
But some have wondered why Brat hasn’t been more forthcoming following his win?
CBS 6 has repeatedly sent Brat texts and messages requesting an interview. No phone calls have yet been returned.
“I don’t think he’s intentionally hiding – I think he’s trying to get his act together,” Republican State Senator John Watkins ( R – Powhatan ) told CBS 6 reporter Joe St. George.
Some political analysts have suggested it is because of the scrutiny his campaign, his life, and his work are now under.
The Washington Post pointed out that while Brat mentioned he fought against liberal elites at Princeton while he was in college in his web bio, he neglected to distinguish the fact he went to Princeton Theological Seminary and not the Ivy league institution.
Turns out Brat isn’t the only candidate in the 7th District race not speaking.
The Democratic Party of Virginia said its candidate — Professor Jack Trammell — will not be available for interviews until they officially launch their campaign.