It has been almost three months since House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s shocking primary loss to David Brat, the Tea Party candidate and Economic professor at Randolph-Macon College. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that despite all of the media attention, Brat remains steadfast in his political principles.
Brat’s win over Cantor, a 14-year Congressional veteran, who out raised him $5.7 million to $231,000 baffled political pundits and gained both Brat and the Tea Party national news. “It’s still amazing,” Brat observed in a recent interview.
The unexpected win and subsequent media attention following his win caused Brat to trip up when asked certain policy questions, such as his position on arming Syrian rebels and raising out the minimum wage. His lack of preparedness alarmed many.
Since then Brat has worked hard to prepare himself for the intensification of the campaign. He was worked hard to tackle foreign and domestic policy issues and delivered a number of stump speeches. Brat has also tried as hard as possible to avoid media scrutiny, which has made it difficult for him to establish a public profile.
However, despite critics and skeptics Brat plans on running his campaign on the Tea Party ideals. Brat remains a free-market conservative who is pro-life and hard on immigration. He has remained critical of immigration overhaul, and many political commentators would even contribute Brat’s characterization of Cantor as soft on immigration as one of the reasons he won over the incumbent.
Brat’s dethroning of Cantor has already given more strength to the rising Tea Party. A win for Brat would even further the influence and credibility of the party, as well as cause a identity conversation among the struggling Republican Party.