The report from politico.com on Eric Canto’s defeat:
“HOUSE LOSES ‘CHAMPION’ OF CHARTERS AND CHOICE: Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor – crusader for immigration reform, school choice and charter schools – lost his primary race to Randolph-Macon College professor Dave Brat in an astonishing upset Tuesday night. Spectators said some of Cantor’s pet education issues aren’t necessarily at risk. “I wouldn’t call it a blow, but it’s disappointing to lose a leader who has dedicated so much of his life to ensuring that students have access to additional options,” said Nina Rees, president of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Rees said that if Cantor ran as in independent, he could win because he has so many supporters. (Although others point out [ http://bit.ly/1kZnnqf%5D that Virginia law would only allow him to mount a write-in bid.) And Anne Hyslop, policy analyst at the New America Foundation, said it doesn’t mean House Republicans aren’t supportive of school choice anymore. “But with Cantor such a big champion of choice and charter bills, it might create a more difficult path for them going forward if it’s not as high a priority for the next person in that role,” she said. POLITICO’s James Hohmann has five takeaways from Cantor’s loss: http://politi.co/1xHwmR4
- “I’m hoping there will be others in Congress who look to try to fill Eric Cantor’s shoes on [school choice] because few others were talking about it as much as he was,” said Michael Brickman, national policy director at the Fordham Institute. It’s unclear if Republican leadership will continue Cantor’s enthusiasm, he said.
- On Common Core, Cantor hasn’t been so outspoken. But Brat’s tea party politics put him at odds with the standards. In an April interview with FreedomWorks, Brat said he was “absolutely opposed to Common Core and top down education.” [http://bit.ly/1s4hhbQ] Kate Tromble, director of legislative affairs at The Education Trust, said Cantor was able to find some cohesion between the tea party and other Republicans. But “I don’t see how there’s any control” with Cantor gone, she said. The tea party becomes “emboldened.”
- On immigration, Tromble said, “Cantor … wasn’t in any way championing comprehensive immigration reform. And the DREAM Act has been fairly uncontroversial. … It’s hard to see a path forward for anything rational on immigration reform.”
- Randolph-Macon College – a private, four-year college with about 1,300 students in Ashland, Va. – might get some attention through November. Brat heads the Department of Economics and Business. Democratic challenger Jack Trammell is an assistant professor of sociology and director of disability support services. “Randolph-Macon College is blessed to have remarkable faculty and staff members who are passionate about their students and about making significant contributions to our society,” President Robert Lindgren told Morning Education. “We are proud of both Dr. Brat and Dr. Trammell for their desire to serve our country and wish them both the best of luck in November.”
- According to RateMyProfessor.com, both Brat and Trammell earned peppers for hotness. (Yes, I went there.) http://politi.co/1l6GwAw