Eric Cantor to leave Congress before his term comes to an end

RICHMOND, Va. – One day after he was replaced as U.S. House Majority Leader,  Congressman Rep. Eric Cantor (R – 7th District) announced he will resign from Congress. The resignation takes effect August 18.

“During this time of transition for me and my family, it is my foremost desire to ensure that representation is maintained for the people of the 7th District. For this reason, I have asked Governor McAuliffe to hold a special election on Election Day, at no additional cost to taxpayers, so my successor can be sworn in immediately in November,” Rep. Cantor wrote in a Richmond Times Dispatch editorial in which he announced his resignation.

Cantor delivered his closing remarks as Majority Leader on Thursday in the U.S. House.

Cantor lost to political newbie Dave Brat in June’s Republican primary. Cantor has since said he will support Brat in the November election.

“I want to thank Eric for his service to the Seventh District and to the entire Commonwealth,” candidate Brat said in a statement. “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.”

What are those future endeavors? Cantor did not get into specifics.

“While my days as a congressman will soon be behind me, my days of fighting for those ideas as a citizen are ahead of me,” he wrote. “I’d like to thank the voters, my neighbors, my friends, for giving me the extraordinary opportunity to serve, and I look forward to continuing to work for an America that works and an America that leads.”

26 comments

  • athynz

    I wonder if Cantor’s endorsement will hurt Brat’s chances. I’m happy to see Cantor did the right thing by resigning once it became clear to him he was not wanted and I hope others follow his example.

    • Tom

      Resigning before the end of his elected term, because he lost re-election bid, was NOT the “right thing” or proper action. Fulfilling his responsibilities as a congressman until the end of his term would be the right thing to do. How in the world do you presume to know Cantor’s thoughts on whether or not he was wanted or lost for other reasons?

      • athynz

        “TOM
        Resigning before the end of his elected term, because he lost re-election bid, was NOT the “right thing” or proper action. Fulfilling his responsibilities as a congressman until the end of his term would be the right thing to do. How in the world do you presume to know Cantor’s thoughts on whether or not he was wanted or lost for other reasons?”

        So Cantor’s one fan “Tom” decided to take me to task. Cute. Actually it was the right thing to do – the people voted in such a way that his services were no longer required. I presume he took that to heart and when he was replaced as Majority leader he realized that his fellows did not want him around. Of course it’s all assumption. I took the high road – I almost said that he had a hissy fit, cried about no one wanting him around, took his ball, and went home. Who are you to question me anyhow “Tom”?

      • Tom

        “Who are you to question me anyhow “Tom”?” Are you kidding or are you some kind of mental case “Athynz”?

      • David

        Tom. Rebutting Pete Athens is purely a waste of time. Typically he will divert rather than address an issue and then somehow claim he is right and honorable. He seems to enjoy hearing himself talk and fancies himself a wordsmith. You may be right, he may indeed be a mental case, but he is certainly an idiot. In the physical world Pete is a prolific loudmouth and a loser by most any account. Again, this POS who calls himself athynz is not worth arguing with.

      • athynz

        “TOM
        “Who are you to question me anyhow “Tom”?” Are you kidding or are you some kind of mental case “Athynz”?”

        You ask who I am to question Eric Cantor and his actions – I am a taxpaying VA State voter who has paid Cantor’s salary since he was in office. So so I ask who are you?

        “DAVID”

        Oh now you are going back to “david” rather than “Troll”… either way you are still the same jackwagon.

        “Tom. Rebutting Pete Athens is purely a waste of time. Typically he will divert rather than address an issue and then somehow claim he is right and honorable.”

        Actually oh brave keyboard warrior I address the issue rather than just hurl insults at those who comment. You somehow seem to be confused.

        “He seems to enjoy hearing himself talk and fancies himself a wordsmith.”

        I never claimed to be a wordsmith but I’m sure I have a better claim to that title than you. And given the choice between me talking and you yes I would much rather hear someone who actually addresses the issue rather than hurls insults.

        “You may be right, he may indeed be a mental case, but he is certainly an idiot. In the physical world Pete is a prolific loudmouth and a loser by most any account.”

        And yet you are so scared to say any of this to my face. But go right ahead and tell us who your sources are. Just like every other time you’ll dance around the question lie, and hurl more insults. Imagine that.

        “Again, this POS who calls himself athynz is not worth arguing with.”

        And yet here you are again…

  • Sandra Mitchell

    A reflection of his true character. His attitude? I’m going to be on the dole anyway, so why not drop the ball now? Wish more in that Washington Easy Street would follow suit. Maybe we could get this country moving in the direction our forefathers intended it to go

  • mbaker9105

    What a petulant little child…..take my ball and go home….guess he can’t stand the humiliation and degradation of actually just sitting there like the other 400 and some odd Representatives and just doing day to day work to further the interests and well being of his district. So now the citizens and the Commonwealth have to spend the money and take the time to put someone up there just to occupy a chair….

    Eric, you are showing your true character, and showing your deserved to lose that primary….

  • fred finch

    it is hot and summertime, nevertheless, for some reason, this reminds me of an old joke…” it was so cold this morning, i saw a politician with his hands in his own pockets”.

  • amb

    Since he resigned then he should not be provided any retirement or extended benefits. ..he quit he should forfeit all future benefits if any. …and charge him for all costs of any special election. ..It was his idea to quit. ..

  • David

    Believe me, I have absolutely no fear whatsoever of a half witted, deluded, obese, charlatan that is athynz. Except perhaps that the disgusting sight of you may make me sick to my stomach.

    • athynz

      Then prove it David. You cannot ever prove that I lied, you can never comment on the article but always seem to comment on every single post I make, and you are too scared to do more than run your keyboard under several different screen names – most of them generic one shot deals like the “Tom”, “Joe”, and “Ford” just in this comment section. If you have no fear then prove it. You won’t though. All you’ll do is post more insults using more one shot screen names and then whine about things I say and never comment on the article. Typical sad scared little troll that you are.

    • athynz

      I’m not the one cowering behind a keyboard – I’ve been willing to say to you to your face what I’ve said here online. As for “getting a life” dude I’M not the one using multiple pseudonyms on a news site. Keep on crying about what I say on here boy – it’s still amusing after all this time that all you can do is sling your little whiny insults like a monkey slings it’s own poo.

      • David

        Not stalking you Pete. I have better things to do. Quit trying to sound like manalishit. It is unbecoming of a village idiot.

  • Robo

    good BYE
    A do nothing.. hanger on… never had an original thought.
    The only problem is his successor is with the Tea Party so much for governance…they have no idea or no inclination to legislate.

    • Sam

      although I have to agree with your judgement call, I believe that Cantor’s successor is as yet unknown and will not be official until November 4th.

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