DNC: 'Eric. Freaking. Cantor. Is Officially Too Moderate' for GOP

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | June 11, 2014 | 9:05 AM EDT

The DNC wasted no time warning supporters about the news that House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) lost a primary to a Tea Party candidate on Tuesday.

"The Tea Party isn't just alive and well -- it's taken wholesale control of the GOP," Democratic National Committee (DNC) Communications Director Mo Elleithee declared in an e-mail to supporters.

"I've been working in Virginia politics for a long time, but I've never seen anything like what happened tonight," Ellenithee said, claiming that the primary results show that Republicans now believe Cantor is "too moderate":

"Seriously: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor just lost his primary to a Tea Party challenger. Eric Cantor -- Eric. Freaking. Cantor. -- is officially too moderate to win the nomination of the Republican Party. And the results are not even close!"