Eric Cantor gives up, will resign from Congress early

posted at 9:21 am on August 1, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) just couldn’t hold out.

Just months after a shocking primary loss to university professor Dave Brat, and only hours after he vacated his role as House Majority Leader, Cantor told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that he would resign from Congress entirely on August 18.

The former Majority Leader asked his state’s Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe to hold a special election to fill his seat on November 4 so that his successor can take office immediately rather than having to wait until January to be sworn in with the rest of the 114th Congress.

Cantor had pledged in the past to serve out the rest of his term, but he told the Times-Dispatch that his constituents would be better served by his resignation. “I want to make sure that the constituents in the 7th District will have a voice in what will be a very consequential lame-duck session,” Cantor said. Brat has confirmed that he intends to run in that special election.

A tongue-in-cheek passage in USA Today’s report on Cantor’s decision to leave office early suggests that, from a self-interested perspective, he is getting out of Dodge at precisely the right time.

The new GOP leadership team headed by McCarthy will be faced with big challenges and little time when lawmakers return after Labor Day. There will be only 12 days remaining on the House’s legislative schedule when lawmakers return, and it is shaping up to be a combative agenda.

The House delayed its departure for the August recess to resolve a dispute over an emergency spending bill to stem the flow of undocumented minors along the southwest U.S. border. Boehner and the GOP leadership team pulled the legislation on Thursday to work out differences with conservatives — a move that plunged the House into chaos and marred the leadership transition.

Cantor received a standing ovation from his congressional colleagues on Thursday in his final speech as Majority Leader. “This is a privilege of a lifetime,” Cantor said on the House floor. “I have truly lived the American dream.”

Something suggests that Cantor’s American Dream is just beginning.


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Cantor handled his loss with class – he will be fine in the private sector.

jake-the-goose on August 1, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Yeah, this is bullshiite. Just like Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich were bullshiite.

You went to your constituents, and said, likely in very serious, and possibly apocalyptic terms, that they must, for the good of the Republic, choose you to represent them.

And then you bail early.

When officials don’t respect their term in office so much as to serve it out, it becomes very difficult for the plebes out here to take seriously those offices themselves…

JohnGalt23 on August 1, 2014 at 9:24 AM

he will be fine in the private sector.

If by “private sector” you mean back at the public trough via lobbying firms, I’m sure he will be fine.

The odds of him getting a job where results are expected on a daily basis? I’m thinking slightly lower than none.

darury on August 1, 2014 at 9:25 AM

And then you bail early.

When officials don’t respect their term in office so much as to serve it out, it becomes very difficult for the plebes out here to take seriously those offices themselves…

JohnGalt23 on August 1, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Keep in mind – after today Congress goes on vacation, and then with elections in November – nothing will happen in October.

I am not sure I would say Cantor “bailed early”

jake-the-goose on August 1, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Buh-Bye

ConstantineXI on August 1, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Cantor set to become the next Haley Barbour

commodore on August 1, 2014 at 9:29 AM

You beat me to it darury.

celtic warrior on August 1, 2014 at 9:30 AM

The odds of him getting a job where results are expected on a daily basis? I’m thinking slightly lower than none.

darury on August 1, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Well, his resume value and experience is based on his knowledge of government operations.

jake-the-goose on August 1, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Keep in mind – after today Congress goes on vacation, and then with elections in November – nothing will happen in October.

I am not sure I would say Cantor “bailed early”

jake-the-goose on August 1, 2014 at 9:27 AM

The potential lame duck session if the democrats lose the Senate (probably 50-50 at this point) scares the shit out of me.

You are going to see every radical from the faculty lounges appointed to the courts. You may even see Obama pack the Supreme Court with extra justices.

ConstantineXI on August 1, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Good riddance, crapweasel.

Midas on August 1, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Repeating what I said on the Headlines thread – DLTDHYOTWO, Eric.

Steve Eggleston on August 1, 2014 at 9:33 AM

They should make him pay the expenses for the special election.

blue13326 on August 1, 2014 at 9:34 AM

And then you bail early.

When officials don’t respect their term in office so much as to serve it out, it becomes very difficult for the plebes out here to take seriously those offices themselves…

JohnGalt23 on August 1, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Yeah, I’m sure most people had this same reaction…

O.K., they didn’t….

ToddPA on August 1, 2014 at 9:34 AM

“I have truly lived the American dream.”

There’s the problem. Being a professional (pampered) politician who achieved a comfortable position in life through hard work by getting elected, is not “the American dream.” Rather, it’s quite the opposite.

mankai on August 1, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Why of course he’s leaving now,a little vacation and then he can still peddle enough influence between Labor day and New Years to make a couple hundred thousand, scum.

tim c on August 1, 2014 at 9:35 AM

He won’t need to tighten his belt. Crony networks look after their own.

Bat Chain Puller on August 1, 2014 at 9:36 AM

They should make him pay the expenses for the special election.

blue13326 on August 1, 2014 at 9:34 AM

There won’t be one with there already being an election scheduled for November.

ConstantineXI on August 1, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Good bye and good riddance. Looks like Eric decided to start making money as a lobbyist before Rosh Hashanah.

conservative hispanic on August 1, 2014 at 9:37 AM

got gelt?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on August 1, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Truly a class act who was unfortunately wrong on one of the single most single important issues of our time.

What the people who are in Congress need to understand is that the concerns of their constituents should always come before the desires of political leadership.

I only wish it was Boehner we were waving goodbye to. Because I deeply believe that with the right influence, Cantor would have moved in the correct direction.

The party is in deep trouble as long as Boehner and McConnell are in the top leadership spots. No matter who wins a majority in November I suspect that party members won’t like the agenda they will see.

Marcus Traianus on August 1, 2014 at 9:39 AM

This guy is a scumbag liar who failed this country.

wheelgun on August 1, 2014 at 9:39 AM

The former Majority Leader asked his state’s Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe to hold a special election to fill his seat on November 4 so that his successor can take office immediately rather than having to wait until January to be sworn in with the rest of the 114th Congress.

This makes absolutely no sense. On 11/4, the general election for the 7th District seat takes place between Brat and his Democrat opponent. No special election is needed.

At best, what Cantor should be asking is that the winner of that general election be sworn in as soon as the results are certified rather than waiting until January 2015.

Athos on August 1, 2014 at 9:42 AM

JohnGalt23 on August 1, 2014 at 9:24 AM

you continue to be willfully ignorant of the reason Sarah resigned.

The dems and repubs called an open season on her after the 08 election.

Her family would have gone bankrupt and the Alaskan government was paralyzed.

but hey, keep your head up your butt and spout inanities.

renalin on August 1, 2014 at 9:42 AM

He’ll make a fine living delivering the bribes to Capitol Hill, just as he made a fine living receiving them.

Rational Thought on August 1, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Maybe he knows something we don’t and wants to get ahead of the rush of ex-congress critters come January.

cozmo on August 1, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Constantine XL:

A justifiable, but needless fear. The lame duck session lasts 4-5 weeks. Not enough time to do what you fear. And barry can’t pack the SCOTUS with extra justices.

conservative hispanic on August 1, 2014 at 9:47 AM

I am not sure I would say Cantor “bailed early”

jake-the-goose on August 1, 2014 at 9:27 AM

His term of office is pretty clearly spelled out in the US Constitution.

The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January…

Not like its written in Latin or anything…

JohnGalt23 on August 1, 2014 at 9:49 AM

you continue to be willfully ignorant of the reason Sarah resigned.

The dems and repubs called an open season on her after the 08 election.

renalin on August 1, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Holy cow, is that violins I hear coming from the Alaska wilderness…??

JohnGalt23 on August 1, 2014 at 9:50 AM

got gelt?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on August 1, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Anti-Semitic, much?

stvnscott on August 1, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Yeah, this is bullshiite. Just like Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich were bullshiite.

And then you bail early.

JohnGalt23 on August 1, 2014 at 9:24 AM

So, you don’t think that any elected official should ever resign, for any reason? Troubling.

The ‘quitter’ meme is a cop-out for those who can’t be bothered to examine the facts.

Pork-Chop on August 1, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Thanks for handling your loss with class and for your service, Mr. Cantor. Best of luck to you.

GOPRanknFile on August 1, 2014 at 9:52 AM

U S Chamber of Commerce, working for more wage slaves.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 1, 2014 at 9:53 AM

The Associated Press @AP · 18h

VIDEO: In last day as House majority leader, GOP Rep. Cantor warns of diminished U.S. role: http://apne.ws/1zzWSeU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG5y_y805tE&list=PLnwt1fUa-EVjvQTA2AaRuGkRN_RjXY-35

canopfor on August 1, 2014 at 9:54 AM

And barry can’t pack the SCOTUS with extra justices.

conservative hispanic on August 1, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Yes he can.

The number of justices in the Supreme Court is not defined in the Constitution. Same with the appeals courts.

The reason Harry “The Pederast” Reid changed the filibuster was to allow the DC Circuit to be packed with extra judges. The Supreme Court can be similarly packed. FDR wanted to do this back in the 1930′s when SCOTUS started striking down his socialist programs. The reason why it didn’t work was the Senate wouldn’t do it.

Obama could appoint 9 more justices if he wanted to and the Senate would confirm them.

ConstantineXI on August 1, 2014 at 9:57 AM

This makes absolutely no sense. On 11/4, the general election for the 7th District seat takes place between Brat and his Democrat opponent. No special election is needed.

At best, what Cantor should be asking is that the winner of that general election be sworn in as soon as the results are certified rather than waiting until January 2015.

Athos on August 1, 2014 at 9:42 AM

If Brat is elected in the general election, he has to wait until the general congress is sworn in in January. If he’s elected in a special election, he will be sworn in immediately. That’s the law.

Also, Cantor told a local radio station that if Brat wins and is sworn in immediately, he will automatically have “seniority” over any other incoming freshman congressmen. Even if it’s only a little, seniority matters.

BacaDog on August 1, 2014 at 9:58 AM

A good start.

TimBuk3 on August 1, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Once he is gone who will wipe Boehners tears for him?

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Just like Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich were bullshiite.

You went to your constituents, and said, likely in very serious, and possibly apocalyptic terms, that they must, for the good of the Republic, choose you to represent them.

And then you bail early.

Does Cantor had $600,000 and counting in legal bills to pay on a fixed salary? Funny how he forgot Joe Scarborough.

cbenoistd on August 1, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Good riddance….

Nineball on August 1, 2014 at 10:03 AM

“This is a privilege of a lifetime job…..er, um… I mean ‘lifetime.’ Phew!”

Dongemaharu on August 1, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Did someone just compare Sarah Palin to Eric Cantor? Okaaay. One gave up power. The other would have stayed forever.

Dongemaharu on August 1, 2014 at 10:07 AM

you continue to be willfully ignorant of the reason Sarah resigned.

The dems and repubs called an open season on her after the 08 election.

renalin on August 1, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Holy cow, is that violins I hear coming from the Alaska wilderness…??

JohnGalt23 on August 1, 2014 at 9:50 AM

If she didn’t quit there would someone like you complaining that she was so full of herself for not doing what was in the Alaska’s best interest. No win for her.

wifarmboy on August 1, 2014 at 10:08 AM

got gelt?

ThisIsYourBrainOnStormfront on August 1, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Easy, Romeo…your mask is slipping.

fortcoins on August 1, 2014 at 10:08 AM

K Street, here he comes.

rbj on August 1, 2014 at 10:11 AM

ThisIsYourBrainOnStormfront on August 1, 2014 at 9:39 AM

fortcoins on August 1, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Liberal trolls are having a bad summer.

cozmo on August 1, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Thanks for your efforts. Now, you can return to the country club from whence you and the other squishy Country Club Republicans first emerged.

Try principled conservatism, next career. Might keep you in office a bit longer.

orangemtl on August 1, 2014 at 10:13 AM

So, you don’t think that any elected official should ever resign, for any reason? Troubling.

The ‘quitter’ meme is a cop-out for those who can’t be bothered to examine the facts.

Pork-Chop on August 1, 2014 at 9:52 AM

The fact is that Eric Cantor was perfectly happy being a US Congressman… so long as there was another term around the corner. As soon as that job security went out the window, he bailed early.

The facts…

JohnGalt23 on August 1, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Does Cantor had $600,000 and counting in legal bills to pay on a fixed salary? Funny how he forgot Joe Scarborough.

cbenoistd on August 1, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Once again… what’s that, violins I hear playing?

And you’re right, I did forget Joe Scarborough, largely because he was nowhere near as big a player as the three mentioned, and his resignation happened less than a week before 9/11. As evidenced by the Bill Clinton revelation from Down Under this week, I’m sure there’s lots of stuff from early Sept 2001 that got lost in the flotsam and jetsam. But it was just as much bullshiite…

JohnGalt23 on August 1, 2014 at 10:19 AM

JohnGalt23 on August 1, 2014 at 10:14 AM

I agree with you regarding Cantor.

wifarmboy on August 1, 2014 at 10:19 AM

If he’s elected in a special election, he will be sworn in immediately. That’s the law.

BacaDog on August 1, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Thank you.

Athos on August 1, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Something suggests that Cantor’s American Dream is just beginning.

It does?

Sherman1864 on August 1, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Alternate headline:

Cantor leaving early to start his lucrative career as a lobbyist.

Vince on August 1, 2014 at 10:26 AM

IS this not the same rap t Democrats try to pin on Palin, that somehow she is a “quitter” Because she resigned early ?

gee, can us GOP’ers also play that slander game to RINO’s who resign early ?

I’m conflicted…..but if Brat wins it will be fine……but if Brat Loses then the Rino’s win another Democrat, but they may lose a Lobbyist…..who can’t call upon Republicans to vote for Democrat initiatives.

JayTee on August 1, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Dave Brat will be a great addition to the House.

cat_owner on August 1, 2014 at 10:41 AM

I only wish it was Boehner we were waving goodbye to.
Marcus Traianus on August 1, 2014 at 9:39 AM

+ 1001

Boehner needs to go. Pronto.

portlandon on August 1, 2014 at 10:42 AM

QUITTER!!!111

ABDICATOR!!11!!!!

hehe, that felt good.

faraway on August 1, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Cantor leaving early to start his lucrative career as a lobbyist.

A smile. A Kevin Bacon Fenwick in the Manger smile.

cbenoistd on August 1, 2014 at 10:53 AM

The former Majority Leader asked his state’s Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe to hold a special election to fill his seat on November 4

If the replacement is actually taking power on November then I don’t really have a problem with this in principle, except for two things:

1. Cantor should remain in office performing his duties through November 4, and should not resign in August, unless there is some extenuating medical reason. Whether or not congress is in session is irrelevant – his duties include more than that – they involve interacting with his constituents as well. He should be making some notes of their concerns to assist his replacement, so that his replacement can more helpfully represent his constituents in the lame duck session.

2. His salary should be prorated for the time he actually served, and if he’s already been paid, he should offer to return some of it. This is particularly important if the new guy is going to be paid extra for the extra months, so as not to double charge his constituents.

RINO in Name Only on August 1, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Thanks for handling your loss with class and for your service, Mr. Cantor. Best of luck to you.

GOPRanknFile on August 1, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Sorry, but no. He should be in there fighting for his constituents until he’s relieved by the incoming Rep. Instead, he’s jumping out before the rest of the rats on the ship start scrambling.

GWB on August 1, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Quiter.

earlgrey on August 1, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Holding a special election is ridiculous. If the governor can’t appoint a replacement then the seat should stay vacant until the general election.

myiq2xu on August 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM

1. Cantor should remain in office performing his duties through November 4, and should not resign in August, unless there is some extenuating medical reason. Whether or not congress is in session is irrelevant – his duties include more than that – they involve interacting with his constituents as well. He should be making some notes of their concerns to assist his replacement, so that his replacement can more helpfully represent his constituents in the lame duck session.

2. His salary should be prorated for the time he actually served, and if he’s already been paid, he should offer to return some of it. This is particularly important if the new guy is going to be paid extra for the extra months, so as not to double charge his constituents.

RINO in Name Only on August 1, 2014 at 10:54 AM

It’s pretty galling that he is leaving the House short a Republican vote from August 18 to November 4. I don’t have a problem with him leaving November 4, but leaving before then deprives his constituents of a voice during that time, more so than if he served out his term. Hypocrite.

talkingpoints on August 1, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Well…bye.

/curlybill

CurtZHP on August 1, 2014 at 11:21 AM

got gelt?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on August 1, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Got racism?

CurtZHP on August 1, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Maybe Noah can follow Cantor’s example and resign early!

Thresher on August 1, 2014 at 11:47 AM

He was primaried out. He doesn’t owe the constituents anything. They fired him, for all intents and purposes. The special election from what it looks like will happen the same time the normal election is taking place. The only difference is, if/when Brat wins, he’ll take office immediately instead of in January. How could anyone have a problem with this?

rexbatt on August 1, 2014 at 11:50 AM

talkingpoints

His constituents fired him. Why does he owe them to stay for that vote? He’s not coming back. I really don’t understand. He’s been forced into being a lame duck Congressman.

rexbatt on August 1, 2014 at 11:52 AM

His constituents fired him. Why does he owe them to stay for that vote? He’s not coming back. I really don’t understand. He’s been forced into being a lame duck Congressman.

rexbatt

Maybe every candidate should resign before their term is over when they lose.

xblade on August 1, 2014 at 12:10 PM

If by “private sector” you mean back at the public trough via lobbying firms, I’m sure he will be fine.
The odds of him getting a job where results are expected on a daily basis? I’m thinking slightly lower than none.

darury on August 1, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Bingo. Now is when the eternal promise of riches from graft really kicks in. Another corrupt-o-crat is born.

Jaibones on August 1, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Bail early because you failed your re-election bid. Shows his priority is not serving in the office he was elected. But, his failure to get re-elected in the primary already showed that.

That’s an ugly facade Cantor. McAwful needs to decline the special election.

TerryW on August 1, 2014 at 12:11 PM

His constituents fired him. Why does he owe them to stay for that vote? He’s not coming back. I really don’t understand. He’s been forced into being a lame duck Congressman.

rexbatt on August 1, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Because he took an oath? Because it’s part of the job for which he was elected? Are you saying that because he was primaried he should take his ball and go home?

GWB on August 1, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Another corrupt-o-crat is born.

Jaibones on August 1, 2014 at 12:11 PM

I disagree. Another corrupt-o-crat comes out of his chrysalis. He was born long ago……

GWB on August 1, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Good riddance! /spit

FloatingRock on August 1, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Maybe every candidate should resign before their term is over when they lose.

xblade on August 1, 2014 at 12:10 PM

I agree, lame duck sessions of Congress are no longer necessary in the modern world. They were only necessary when travel time was by horseback, but now that we have jets and the Internet there is no excuse to have lame ducks. As soon as somebody loses a vote, the new person should take over immediately. Lame duck sessions have become the time when corruption is greatest.

FloatingRock on August 1, 2014 at 12:50 PM

you continue to be willfully ignorant of the reason Sarah resigned.

renalin on August 1, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Holy cow, is that violins I hear coming from the Alaska wilderness…??

JohnGalt23 on August 1, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Brilliant display of proving the point made by renalin *applause*

NapaConservative on August 1, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Brilliant display of proving the point made by renalin *applause*

NapaConservative on August 1, 2014 at 1:06 PM

+1000

unclesmrgol on August 1, 2014 at 1:11 PM

you continue to be willfully ignorant of the reason Sarah resigned.

The funny part? Someone who talks about Sarah, calling someone else ignorant.

Those who talk about Sarah are constantly amusing. Have you signed up yet? Enjoy.

Moesart on August 1, 2014 at 1:30 PM

“I’m young, got a fully-funded, tax-payer paid retirement, healthcare for life, and a whole bucket O’money to spend. Eat it, b*tches!”

Any chance of Cantor heading over to Israel and doing something useful with his life, like joining the IDF?

BobMbx on August 1, 2014 at 1:35 PM

I agree, lame duck sessions of Congress are no longer necessary in the modern world. They were only necessary when travel time was by horseback, but now that we have jets and the Internet there is no excuse to have lame ducks. As soon as somebody loses a vote, the new person should take over immediately. Lame duck sessions have become the time when corruption is greatest.

FloatingRock on August 1, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Wrong wrong wrong. I think elected federal offices should become property, like GB Packer season tickets.

BobMbx on August 1, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Something suggests that Cantor’s American Dream is just beginning.

Oh, wait, let me wipe a tear from my eye. Sniff.

Cantor resigned early because his new K-Street job starts on Monday.

Mr. American Dream lived the first part of his life on Daddy’s dime, and the second in the public trough. This is not John Galt we’re talking about here.

A complete non-entity, Cantor can point to exactly zero accomplishments for his years of public “service”.

He was a glorified bag man for the Republican Party, and will easily be replaced by another faceless hack.

My guess is that he’s hoping that a special election will result in Brat’s defeat. I don’t trust this move at all, and nobody should.

Joseph K on August 1, 2014 at 1:41 PM

So, you don’t think that any elected official should ever resign, for any reason? Troubling.

The ‘quitter’ meme is a cop-out for those who can’t be bothered to examine the facts.

Pork-Chop on August 1, 2014 at 9:52 AM

IMO he resigned for what appears to be political reasons and that is sort of swarmy. Whether he was primaried out or lost a re-election run he had a term he was elected to and he is bailing on it without honorable reasons.

katiejane on August 1, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Of course, the more cynical might point out that the sooner Cantor leaves office, the sooner he can become a lobbyist—after a required one-year waiting period.

Colony14 on August 1, 2014 at 9:36 PM

I agree.with another commenter in that it seems this resignation is for. Selfish political reasons. For those comparing this to Palin’s resignation, that is not comparable. Her reason was.one of personal bankruptcy and paralysis of state govt. I don’t think her reasons need to constantly be explained. I think the people ignoring them simply will always hate that woman for any.and all reasons. WTF thinks it’s necessary for any politician to be personally bankrupted bcs of their public service? An asshole it seems.

Badger40 on August 2, 2014 at 8:03 AM