Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) released a statement on Tuesday night after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) lost the nomination in his congressional district to tea party candidate David Brat, saying he thought the upset struck “fear into the heart” of Republicans.
“[W]e will see them run further to the far right with the Tea Party striking fear into the heart of every Republican on the ballot,” Israel said, warning that the Cantor’s loss was “cementing the dysfunction that has paralyzed this Congress.”
Read the full statement below:
We all saw how far outside the mainstream this Republican Congress was with Eric Cantor at the helm, now we will see them run further to the far right with the Tea Party striking fear into the heart of every Republican on the ballot and cementing the dysfunction that has paralyzed this Congress and prevented them from taking any action to help middle class families. While House Republicans are racing to the right, Democrats are focused on a mainstream agenda that strengthens the middle class and makes this economy work for every American family. Eric Cantor is the personification of frustration with Washington and House Republicans should be terrified of the backlash from the voters who have been alienated by their race to the right.