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Eric Cantor Is Picking Up His Toys And Going Home Early

After his surprise primary defeat, Eric Cantor promised to serve out his term. My, how things change.

Eric Cantor is calling it a day. In his farewell speech to the House Friday, he announced that he was resigning, effective August 18th. His resignation comes with a request, as usual.


Rep. Eric Cantor says he will resign from Congress on Aug. 18 and has requested a special election to replace him, according to a report late Thursday.

The Virginia Republican told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that he has called on Gov. Terry McAuliffe to set up a special election for his 7th Congressional District seat so that his replacement can begin immediately after the election and not when the 114th Congress starts in January.

In other words, please spend a lot of taxpayers' money on a special election so my replacement can serve out all eight days of my term in December. Ok, ten days if you count the travel days into DC. Actually, Cantor says there will be no additional taxpayer cost because he would like that special election to be held on November 4th, the same day as the general election. Lookee there. Two for the price of one.

Please. But Cantor is sure that lame duck session will be very, very important.

“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 told the Times-Dispatch. “That way he will also have seniority, and that will help the interests of my constituents [because] he can be there in that consequential lame-duck session,” he added.

Did Cantor have someone in mind, or was the "he" just a slip? If Eric Cantor were really as concerned about his constituents' representation as he claims why not just serve out the remainder of his term? He must have a good gig lined up somewhere.

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