(JNS.org) Congressman Eric Cantor, the only Republican Jew serving in the U.S. House of Representatives and the House’s majority leader, was defeated by Tea Party challenger Dave Brat on Tuesday night in what most observers are calling a stunning upset in the primary election for Virginia’s 7th congressional district.
“It’s disappointing. But I believe in this country. I believe there is opportunity around the next corner,” Cantor told a small crowd in Richmond, Va., according to Fox News.
Brat’s campaign argued that Cantor, a grandchild of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, is not conservative enough due to his support for some immigration reforms.
“Cong. Cantor was bested by a challenger who campaigned against sensible immigration policies, the kind of policies that enabled Mr. Cantor’s family to become United States citizens,” Rabbi Jack Moline, executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, said in a statement.