Rep. Eric Cantor to Step Down as House Majority Leader

Following his primary loss to Dave Brat last night, Rep. Eric Cantor will step aside as House Majority Leader, the WaPo reports:

CantorHouse Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) plans to step down from his leadership post by the end of July, setting off a weeks-long scramble for the chamber’s number two job, according to three Republicans familiar with his plans.

Cantor will formally announce his plans later Wednesday in a meeting with his House Republican colleagues in the basement of the U.S. Capitol.

And although House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is technically next in line for succession, there are others who want the job:

Friends have advised him to expect a challenge for majority leader from Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), the chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee. McCarthy and Sessions are longtime foes, both having run for whip in 2010, with McCarthy besting his older opponent. Ever since, Sessions has been eager to challenge McCarthy and is telling colleagues that an older, more conservative hand is needed near the top, aides said.

With McCarthy seeking to climb the leadership ranks, Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), the chief deputy whip, announced to his inner circle Wednesday morning that he will run for whip and throw his support behind McCarthy as majority leader.

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  1. Hrm says

    I’m not sure why Towleroad’s so excited about this guy losing his primary. This site often extends the view that immigration reform is in the same group as LGBT rights, but the one who BEAT Cantor (and will almost certainly win that district) is a VERY anti-immigration Tea Party wacko. Do you hate Cantor so much that you want someone much more extreme in his place?

    Also, like it or not, there’s a strong chance the GOP will take both sides of Congress, so with this happening you might see a lot more Ted Cruz and Jan Brewer types in power. Is that REALLY something you want to celibrate?

  2. Rick says

    “This site often extends the view that immigration reform is in the same group as LGBT rights”

    Yes, and that is the problem. Liberals basically want to turn the United States into a non-white majority country……and those non-white groups are the most homophobic in society.

    Within a few years, the Democrat Party will be so overwhelmingly non-white in its membership that white gay men will find themselves swimming in a sea of people who basically do not like them–who cannot stand them, in fact.

    The only reason that hostility has been held in check is because white liberals have continued to call the shots….but at some point, their numbers will have diminished so much that homophobic non-whites will take the Party over altogether…..and gay white men will then have a really, really nasty message in store for them……

    Just wait and see…..

  3. Josh says

    Taking an immediate short term view about this ignores the perilous state the Teapublicans are in as they try to remain competitive in 2016 and beyond. The party is at war with itself, with both factions already deeply unpopular. And there’s no apparent Republican savior to rise out of the rubble that will be their next presidential primary.

  4. Josh says

    @RICK Put down the crack pipe. Young Dems of all races and ethnicities overwhelmingly support gay equality. It’s the Republicans who promote anti-gay hate through minority surrogates like Ben Carson and Ken Blackwell.

  5. Sergio says

    It’s a victory because it ultimately leads to a Republican civil war. They may get more conservative in the short-term, but the ensuing backlash will redound to our favor.

  6. Håkon says

    “Yes, please get even MORE conservative.”

    Yes, let them. Eventually their rhetoric and obstructionism will become so inimical to society that even the terrible ‘centrists’ that tolerate these losers will be shaken from their fever.

  7. Rick says

    @JOSH You are living in a dream world. What is actually happening in the Republican Party is that the common people are ridding themselves of the elite–an elite that answers to the corporate elite, who, in turn, are the drivers of “multi-culturalism” and large-scale immigration.

    It is akin to the rise of the National Front in France and similar parties in Holland, Denmark, Austria, and other “liberal” countries.

    The white race all over the planet is sick and damn tired of the liberal elites who have dumped on them in favor of non-whites and they are demonstrating it now at the polls.

    Republicans will take control of both houses of Congress in a few months and they will not cooperate in any way at all with the elites and their non-white clientele.

    And gay white men are doomed if they continue to align themselves with the very people who will turn on them in the long run.

  8. Josh says

    I love the fact that Rick apparently doesn’t realize that 30% of the electorate in 2016 will be non-white. A LOT higher than in the countries he listed. And even in Europe the neo-fascist parties max out at about a quarter of the vote.

  9. MikeBoston says

    This is a good thing.

    Brat may be more conservative than Cantor but all congressmen are not created equal. Cantor was House Majority Leader – a very powerful position. If Brat does win, and he likely will win, he will be a junior congressmen and it will take years before he moves up to anything close to Cantor’s power. And to move up, he will have to win support of many others in the House – and that will be difficult for an unknown Teabagger.

  10. MikeBoston says

    This is a good thing.

    Brat may be more conservative than Cantor but all congressmen are not created equal. Cantor was House Majority Leader – a very powerful position. If Brat does win, and he likely will win, he will be a junior congressmen and it will take years before he moves up to anything close to Cantor’s power. And to move up, he will have to win support of many others in the House – and that will be difficult for an unknown Teabagger.

  11. Casey says

    Oh boohoo. A Republican establishment, country club republican homophobe who was awash in $5 million of Corporate and AIPAC money was soundly beaten by a grass roots challenger who spent only $100,000. How awful.

  12. says

    @HRM: I’m not sure that TR is all that excited about Cantor losing (don’t see that reflected in the post wording), but it is big news. Certainly, Cantor was no friend of ours (too bad his pro-gay wife wasn’t in power instead) and has as much appeal as curdled milk, so his defeat is worth celebrating. The consequences of it, however, remain to be seen. The only good thing about his opponent winning would be a lack of seniority and the fact the Republican leadership likes him as much as we do.

    @Rick: Sorry, but the “doom” and “nasty messages” you see for gay men in the future as a result of shifting demographics in the Democratic party are a product of your wishful thinking and hold no practical political reality. (Don’t give up your day job to become a political analyst.) As ineffectual as Democrats can be sometimes, the party views on LGBT rights are already cemented and won’t shift as a younger already LGBT-supportive generation takes power. Even if the Democratic party became anti-gay cause, you know, of all those nasty anti-gay brown people taking over (who actually aren’t nearly as anti-gay as you think), it would be way too late. The cultural shift has already happened; you’re just choosing to ignore it because it doesn’t apply to your life.

    The Tea Party views, however–like the ones held by Cantor’s challenger–only resonate with old white people, so while those views fly in Republican primaries in Republican districts, they don’t fly with young people of any color, with powerful corporations, or nationally. The Tea Party is good at dividing the Republican party and throwing monkey wrenches into Congress, but they haven’t proved themselves capable of going beyond that.

  13. Gay Guy says

    Even if the Tea Party candidate that beat Cantor is elected in his district, this greatly weakens the Republican party overall in the 2014 elections, and puts them in a weaker position for 2016.

    If the Democrat wins, it’s icing on the cake!

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