June 11th, 2014
11:30 AM ET
3 months ago

Jack Trammell is the Democrat who no longer has to face Eric Cantor

(CNN) - What a difference 24 hours makes.

Jack Trammell unanimously won the Democratic nomination for Virginia's 7th Congressional District seat at the party convention last weekend. That's because no one else wanted to to run against Rep. Eric Cantor, the second most powerful Republican in the House.

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Filed under: 2014 • Dave Brat • Eric Cantor • Virginia
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  1. Sniffit

    This is gonna be fun. For today at least, my cup of schadenfreude overfloweth. If Trammel wins because Brat is a and extremist-pandering Teatroll moron (who already shows signs of falling on his face by failing to be able to answer some simple policy questions on TV during an interview after his win), then it could very well result in some heads exploding, painting the walls in brains and bloody schadenfreude like some macabre Jackson Pollock imitation.

    June 11, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. Thomas

    Eric Cantor, the second most powerful Republican in the House.

    The X second most powerful Republican in the House.

    Once upon a time , on a planet far far way .

    Eric should have eaten his Wheaties ?

    Jack Trammell will do a great job in DC. And he will aways work for Virginia .

    June 11, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "But his statement after the Republican primary results indicates he's a fast learner, as it echoed the message of national Democrats."

    Be careful for what you wish for GOPerville. Nine times out of ten, it'll come back to bite you where you least expect it. The GOPerville dude he's running against: a Jesus loving Ayn Rand supporter.

    June 11, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Trammell will no easier time of it, in the general election.

    June 11, 2014 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    -this time will be sweeping victory is for Democrats, be it house or senate. None of these loony republicans are worth your dime.

    June 11, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Hart

    Brat will take it. Cantor got a little out of touch and so it goes. Funny that Brat got not support from the Tea Party. He must be ready for the onslaught of haters. Coming from a conservative perspective does draw out the liberals drones in a flash. Should be fun for Brat. He will have plenty of support and the money he missed in the primary is about to start flowing in...

    June 11, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. Ol' Yeller

    "He will have plenty of support and the money he missed in the primary is about to start flowing in..."

    Yes, I'm sure the koch brothers will put him on the payroll now. Problem being... they will now HAVE to spend money on this race, when before it was a lock. Money spent there, means money not available elsewhere. Luckily the owners of the republicant House have deep pockets, so they will likely pay for the seat like they have so many others...

    June 11, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Trammell will no easier time of it, in the general election."

    To be fair, it's a safely red district. The GOP/Teatrolls had control in VA when it was time to redistrict.

    June 11, 2014 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. old age voter

    The American voter just removed the second most powerful Republican in the House. It’s not going to stop there; more Republican and Democrats will be gone before it’s over. It looks like 2014 will be worse than 2010 for Congress.

    June 11, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. Malory Archer

    Jbuffett
    Malory Archer

    So you don't consider those who died that night protecting our embassy as soldiers because they don't fit your narrative? We had opportunity to not leave these Americans behind. We had opportunity to attempt to save them. President Obama now says it our duty to not leave anyone behind. We didn't even attempt to save them thus we left them behind to die.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Who died at a U.S. Embassy on September 11, 2011, and in which country was that Embassy located?

    June 11, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Silence DoGood

    This has played out before recently repeatedly. An extremist Tea Party guy beats the moderate GOP guy, then goes on to lose to the Dem. Let the loonies go nuts. Watch out he is a Theocracy guy too. From his site: " faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers". That is neo-con speak for Christianity is The Religion of the State.

    June 11, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    Since we know the TP has no real policies to offer, only sound bites, it comes down to a simple question: will the people of this district vote for someone who has ideas that will move our society forward, or someone who is a paid shill for people who don't want to answer to anyone in the name of " freedom" as defined by a hypocritical philosopher and second-rate novelist? Since the GOP has not put forth one serious idea on how to govern this country and move it forward, the choice should be obvious to anyone except the most brain-dead simpletons on the Right.

    June 11, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    @Hart, yes, I'm sure Brat will bought and paid for in short order by those who never have to be held accountable themselves. Must fill your heart with joy.

    June 11, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. Jerry

    I hope Jack Trammell wins, we do not need anymore tea party wackos in office.

    June 11, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. REGinAZ

    Does "conservative" mean "puppets" for "the money"? They claim that 47% of Americans don’t pay any taxes and that they, the very wealthy, pay the heavy burden of taxes, which they want the majority to support cutting for them – without any consideration for the reality that they actually receive the bulk of the income, with the spread constantly growing as they continually gain and everyone else loses. They complain that they are restricted by too many regulations and that they want the majority to support getting rid of the regulations, like when they freely exploited the system with that bringing the economy to it’s knees as they walked away with so much and just left the losses to everyone else. They also advocate that it is necessary to reduce government spending with drastically and quickly cutting programs benefitting the people but not ever the billion dollar concessions to the oil companies and that credits and considerations for the very wealthy should be maintained, even increased. They push programs and positions that greatly benefit the very wealthy advocating that the “trickle down” effect will benefit everyone, even though Bush-Cheney proved conclusively that is a fraud that just makes the wealthy wealthier and simply solicits political support. “The money’s” owned and controlled “puppet” politicians run on all of these positions and together they aggressively seek to convince the people, the majority to support them. Are they who are being stupid or are they insultingly just taking for granted that the people are really that stupid and easy?

    June 11, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. Hart

    Ol' Yeller

    "He will have plenty of support and the money he missed in the primary is about to start flowing in..."

    Yes, I'm sure the koch brothers will put him on the payroll now. Problem being... they will now HAVE to spend money on this race, when before it was a lock. Money spent there, means money not available elsewhere. Luckily the owners of the republicant House have deep pockets, so they will likely pay for the seat like they have so many others...
    ___________

    You got it. Unfortunately I don't think the Koch brothers spend as much as some the huge liberal donors but Brat will get plenty of money from out of state sources. I think the Kochs even gave money to Harry Reid. Unfortunately "buying" seats is pretty standard from both parties. Its all about the money now as we see now. Politicians from Bush to the Clintons all cash in now after office also. Gov service at its best.

    June 11, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    This is primary loss by Cantor is a perfect example of the Catch-22 that the Republican Party finds itself mired in when it comes to the Tea Party and right wing extremists, in general. Hard line positions win elections, while more moderate stances lose elections. McCain and Romney, who are both perceived as being generally more moderate and less angry than some, lost their races. The Tea Party wave of 2010 bolstered the "go hardline" stance, if you want to win.

    Unfortunately, the Republican party is too in love with itself to consider the flip side. What can you do to make yourself lose an election? The answer to that has frequently been demonstrated. If you come across as too crazy, then you will lose. One definition of crazy that applies here is idolizing your own beliefs. If you come across as dishonest, or holding a hidden agenda, then you will lose.

    June 11, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    Cantor LOST because he SUCKED and didn't represent the people of Virginia , Cruz said its because the conservative base is alive and well, while in reality it's because he SUCKED. Wait till November when we through out ALL of you GOP LOSERS, enough is enough!!!!!!!

    June 11, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. Gunderson

    Wha?,
    A College Professor that doesn't spout the Official Liberal Line? Now how can that be? Gawd thing are going to pieces. There is a God after all. Better wise up folks. The Wolf is at the door. Your free ride is over.

    June 11, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. Tommy G

    The Real Tom Paine
    Since we know the TP has no real policies to offer, only sound bites,
    --

    Why the lies Tom? They have very clear and well enunciated policies. It is just that they are policies you do not like. Becuase you do not like them desn't mean they don't exist. By that measure, to me Democrats have no real policies either.

    June 11, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Gunderson

    Wha?,
    A College Professor that doesn't spout the Official Liberal Line? Now how can that be? Gawd thing are going to pieces. There is a God after all. Better wise up folks. The Wolf is at the door. Your free ride is over.
    -------------------------–
    You're projecting again. You're judging other peoples actions and words by what you would do in their shoes, which is human nature to do, but it will always lead you to the wrong conclusions. I don't think liberals and Democrats have an "official lime", at least not like what conservatives have.

    Conservatives sign pledges and take oaths. They keep score of how people vote, priding themselves in being 100% on all of the "critical" issues. Worst of all, conservatives have thought police who will make people backtrack on past statements, in order to be more in synch with the "official party line."

    Democrats liberals generally don't do any of that pledge stuff. If someone speaks out against what is the populist position with a new idea of their own, the new idea is weighed on its' merits, instead of being scorned on sight.

    June 11, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. TONE

    Jack Trammel wil win in november.

    June 11, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. Marcus (from...?)

    Gunderson 'Wha?, A College Professor that doesn't spout the Official Liberal Line? Now how can that be? Gawd thing are going to pieces. There is a God after all. Better wise up folks. The Wolf is at the door. Your free ride is over.'

    Cantor's definitely is, whose guy/gal who ran on 'Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!' and got shutdowns as answer to the vote/faith deposited on him/her will be next?

    June 11, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. tom l

    Will they both be putting posters up on campus?

    June 11, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. MaryM

    Just wait until Brats writings and beliefs come out. We will see if the repubs 7th district in VA is safe. Do a little research on Professor Brat, the republican nominee. Especially some of his writings. Can you say religious rwnj.

    June 11, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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