The Democratic National Convention wasted no time tonight in reacting to the big GOP primary upset where Dave Brat defeated incumbent Eric Cantor. DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz put out a statement going after the GOP for going further and further to the right every chance it gets.
The Democrats hadn’t really prioritized Cantor’s district, given how easily they assumed he would have coasted to reelection. In fact, the candidate facing Dave Brat in the fall, fellow Randolph-Macon College professor Jack Trammell, was literally nominated yesterday.
Wasserman-Schultz touted Trammell’s campaign in her statement and attacked the GOP for continuing to “redefine” what constitutes the far right these days. Here’s her statement in full:
Tonight’s result in Virginia settles the debate once and for all – the Tea Party has taken control of the Republican Party. Period. When Eric Cantor, who time and again has blocked common sense legislation to grow the middle class, can’t earn the Republican nomination, it’s clear the GOP has redefined ‘far right.’ Democrats on the other hand have nominated a mainstream candidate who will proudly represent this district and I look forward to his victory in November.
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