Eric Cantor Pulls A Sarah Palin – Resigns Before Term Is Up

bye-bitchIn a move that was almost as shocking as his primary loss to Tea Party candidate Dave Brat, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), the number two Republican in the House, announced that he will be leaving in August, five months before his term is up.

The move is ostensibly so his constituents will have a voice during the lame duck session – between November’s election and the inauguration in January, but voters won’t have a chance to choose his replacement until a special election, which Cantor has asked Governor Terry McAuliffe to hold concurrently with the general election on November 4th. If a different candidate wins the special election than the general election (we don’t yet know who the special election candidates will be, although it’s presumed it will be the same two candidates), then that person will only hold office from November till January.

“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 in an exclusive interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Thursday afternoon.

“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,” Cantor said.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch

Although it was somewhat unexpected that Cantor step down early, his ‘senioritis’ has been evident on the House floor, where he’s only taken part in two debates since his defeat.

Cantor claims that he, who’s worth about $9.3 million, and whose net worth has dramatically risen since becoming a government employee, doesn’t yet have plans for his post congressional life, but speculation is that he’s stepping down for a lucrative job offer. has some theories, including lobbying and Wall Street. Personally, I’d imagine that his next employer will list at least one of the Koch brothers on its board of directors.