Now that Kevin McCarthy has been picked to replace Eric Cantor as House Majority Leader, Virginia lawmakers are strategizing on how to regain lost power for the commonwealth.
Just last week it looked like the next Speaker of the House — the one who is two heart beats away from the presidency — would be a Virginian. But Cantor's surprise primary upset to Tea Party favorite Dave Brat added to a recent power drain of veteran Virginia lawmakers, one that's affecting the influence wielded by the state's delegation.
"We can’t cover it up. It is what it is and we’ll have to pick up the pieces from there," says Republican Randy Forbes. He says it's now time for Virginia lawmakers to take a cue from the reality show Survivor and work across party lines.
“So we’re gonna have to kinda forge alliances on things we can agree upon so that we can move those forward for Virginia, and I think we’ll be successful in doing that," he says.
While Cantor's replacement has been picked, he'll remain majority leader until the end of July.