U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, the victim of a surprising defeat in the June Republican primary, has come up with a self-serving scheme to resign Aug. 18 and finagle a special election Nov. 4 to pick his successor. The special election would be held along with a regularly scheduled one.
Candidates Republican David Brat and Democrat Jack Trammell will face election that day. With Cantor’s proposal, the winner of the special election for the 7th Congressional District seat would take office immediately instead of having to wait until January.
This is a back-door, move-to-the-head-of-the-class scheme. Presumably, the winner would be Brat, who, by taking office in November, would be placed ahead of other congressional newcomers when it comes to coveted committee assignments.
For Cantor, of course, it is a big win. Since his unexpected and earth-shaking defeat, the 51-year-old has been seen at posh places schmoozing with Big Money. Cantor has a master’s degree from Columbia in real estate finance, and his wife was a New York securities trader.
Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political expert, thought Cantor’s idea “generous.” But, Sabato was quoted as saying, “it’s highly probable that he has a deal in the works for his post-Congress life, and he’s eager to get it started.”