Majority Leader Eric Cantor gave his farewell address today as the No. 2 most-powerful Republican on the House side of Capitol Hill.
In remarks filled with gratitude and touches of humility, the Republican who was shockingly turned out of office by Virginia voters in a June 10 primary thanked his colleagues and staff. He also sent good wishes to Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, his close friend, who inherits a big to-do list when Congress returns from its August recess.
“This is a privilege of a lifetime,” Cantor said, as his speech was interrupted by applause. He was honored with a standing ovation by Republicans and Democrats at the end.
Cantor, who became majority leader in 2011, will go back to being a rank-and-file House member. He lost renomination to economics professor Dave Brat, a Tea Party supporter, in the Richmond-based district he has first elected to in 2000.
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