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VaNews for 2014 US Representative - District 7 - Regular General and 2014 US Representative - District 7 - Regular Primary


Romney makes fundraising appeal for Brat

By ANDREW CAIN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, has endorsed Dave Brat’s 7th District congressional campaign and made a fundraising appeal on his behalf. “We need more people in Congress who understand how to grow the economy, who believe in America and who want to make us stronger. That’s why I support Dave,” Romney said in a Facebook post.

VaNews October 1, 2014


Likely Cantor replacement Brat unsure he’ll support Boehner

By DAVID SHERFINSKI, Washington Times

Republican congressional candidate David Brat would not commit to supporting John A. Boehner as House speaker next year and isn’t ready to say whether he backs President Obama’s tactics to fight Islamic State terrorists in Syria and Iraq. Instead, the man who toppled House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a June primary and is poised to win Virginia’s 7th Congressional District race says he is focused on getting to know his district better.

VaNews October 1, 2014


Virginia GOP candidate Dave Brat looks for balance

By JENNA PORTNOY AND ROBERT COSTA, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

In the three months since Virginia Republican David Brat stunned the political world and defeated then-House majority leader Eric Cantor, he has figured out quickly that it’s not easy being the front-runner and a darling of the tea party all at once. The balance between cultivating his national profile and impressing local Rotary clubs is especially important given Cantor’s reputation for being out of touch, which contributed to his ouster.

VaNews September 29, 2014


Trammell tries to find his place in GOP District

By MARKUS SCHMIDT, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Deeply embedded in the Republican heartland of Louisa County lies Mineral, a town of less than 500. U.S. 522, the main throughway parting the community, is checkered with farms and dotted with yard signs signaling support for Republican candidates. But just north off the rural subdivision of Apple Grove, two Democratic signs guard an unpaved dust road leading back to a small, late 1890s farmhouse — the home of Jack Trammell, the party’s candidate for the 7th District congressional seat formerly held by Eric Cantor.

VaNews September 29, 2014


Political outsider James Carr wants to shake up 7th District

By MARKUS SCHMIDT, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

James Carr believes the stars have finally aligned for the Libertarian Party to prove that it can win elections in Virginia. He thinks that’s especially true in the 7th Congressional District, where he is running for the seat held until recently by former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. “We are very serious that this could be the year that we put a Libertarian in office, in this district in particular,” Carr, 37, said during an interview on the back porch of his home in rural Louisa County.

VaNews September 22, 2014


Ingraham, Sessions to Campaign for Brat

By MARKUS SCHMIDT, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and conservative radio host and Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham will come to Hanover County next weekend to campaign for Dave Brat, the Republican nominee running for the 7th District congressional seat formerly held by Eric Cantor.

VaNews September 17, 2014


Brat dodges debate challenges, opponents say

By MARKUS SCHMIDT, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

During a heated Republican primary in the spring, Eric Cantor’s opponent Dave Brat challenged the House majority leader to debate him. Cantor refused — and it may have been a factor when his constituents in the 7th District fired him in June.

VaNews September 16, 2014


Brat, Trammell to debate at Randolph Macon, where both teach

By MARKUS SCHMIDT, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Dave Brat, the Republican nominee to fill Eric Cantor’s seat in the 7th District, and Democratic nominee Jack Trammell will face off in a debate at Randolph Macon College on Oct 28. For both candidates, the event is a home game – both are members of the faculty at the Ashland college. Brat is an economics professor, Trammell teaches sociology.

VaNews September 15, 2014


Brat vows to stick to principles

By MARKUS SCHMIDT, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

When economics professor Dave Brat ousted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a stunning Republican primary victory in June, nobody was more shocked than Brat himself. Three months later, the economics professor at Randolph-Macon College, a small liberal arts school in Ashland, has eased into his new role as the conservative hopeful in Virginia’s 7th District.

VaNews September 15, 2014


Brat, Trammell to debate on shared home turf in 7th District race

By ALLISON BROPHY CHAMPION, Culpeper Star Exponent (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

The two major party nominees in the Seventh District Congressional race will debate each other next month on their shared home turf while the independent candidate has been excluded from the event. GOP nominee David Brat, of Glen Allen, and Democratic nominee Jack Trammell, of Mineral, announced Friday their participation in a debate Oct. 28 at Randolph Macon College in Ashland, where they both serve on the faculty.

VaNews September 15, 2014