Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) officially threw his support behind Republican Nick Freitas in the race for Virginia’s 7th congressional district, joining with his former rival Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) to support the GOP candidate.
“Nick Freitas has spent his life in service to others and to our nation,” Cantor said in a statement released exclusively to The Hill. “I know that Nick will put the people of Central Virginia first as our next representative and I am proud to endorse his candidacy.”
Cantor is slated to join Freitas’s general election finance committee, along with Brat, who unseated Cantor in the district’s Republican primary in 2014. The development appears to be a show of unity for Freitas. Cantor and his allies long represent the establishment wing of the Republican Party, while Brat raised to prominence as a Tea Party insurgent.
Another former Republican congressman from the district, Rep. Tom Bliley (R-Va.), who represented the district for 20 years before Cantor, is also on the committee.
Freitas, an Army veteran and member of Virginia’s House of Delegates, is challenging freshman Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) in the district.
Spanberger narrowly unseated Brat in 2018, winning just over 50 percent of the vote. The non-partisan Cook Political Report rates the seat as a toss-up. Spanberger has raised four times as much as Freitas, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Spanberger is one of 30 Democrats who flipped a district in 2018 that was won by President Trump in 2016.
Freitas’ Virginia Finance Committee
Eric Cantor, Former Member of Congress, VA-07; Former House Majority Leader
Bob McDonnell, Former Virginia Governor
Richard Cullen, Former Virginia Attorney General
Jerry Kilgore, Former Virginia Attorney General
Tom Bliley, Former Member of Congress, VA-07
Dave Brat, Former Member of Congress, VA-07
Kirk Cox, Former Virginia Speaker
Bill Howell, Former Virginia Speaker
Siobhan Dunnavant, Virginia Senator
Mark Peake, Virginia Senator
Bryce Reeves, Virginia Senator
Rob Bell, Virginia Delegate
Roxann Robinson, Virginia Delegate
Nick Rush, Virginia Delegate
Mike Webert, Virginia Delegate
Peter Farrell, Former Virginia Delegate
Manoli Loupassi, Former Virginia Delegate
Duane Adams, Louisa County Supervisor
Pat Herrity, Fairfax County Supervisor
Morton Blackwell, RNC National Committeeman
John Adams, ’17 GOP Nominee for Attorney General