In a midterm election victory described as a “miracle,” a little-known tea party candidate has won the Virginia Republican primary.
Dave Brat took 55.5 percent of the vote Tuesday to Cantor’s 44.5 percent.
“I think the people are just ready for some major changes in this country,” Brat told Politico, “and I was blessed. It’s a miracle.”
Brat chairs the department of economics and business at Randolph-Macon College. He leads its BB&T Moral Foundations of Capitalism, a program funded by John Allison, the former CEO of the financial services company BB&T. Allison now heads up the Cato Institute.
NRO reports Brat and CATO “share an affinity for Ayn Rand” and Brat was influenced by Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. He “appreciates Rand’s case for human freedom and free markets,” according to Betsey Woodruff.
The academic received a business degree from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and attended the Princeton seminary.
“Brat can expect backing from much of the Virginia grassroots, especially the libertarian and tea-party activists who have long been frustrated with the state party’s leaders,” Woodruff wrote prior to the election.
John Pruder, who operates the Atlanta-based Concentric Direct, worked as Brat’s top strategist. In March he established a super-PAC for Brat.
According to his campaign web page, Brat considers Obamacare unconstitutional, “an economically disastrous law,” and a brazen power grab by the federal government. “We must restore the relationship between price and service in medicine or we will continue on the Road to Serfdom. I support a plan to defund the law and replace it with free-market solutions that lower costs, improve quality, and increase access to care,” he states.
Brat opposes the $17 trillion debt and $127 trillion in unfunded liabilities. “We must balance the federal budget by reducing spending. I will support a balanced budget amendment which will force Congress to reign in the out of control federal spending and to restore confidence in the American economy,” he explains.
Brat supports securing the border. “An open border is both a national security threat and an economic threat that our country cannot ignore. I reject any proposal that grants amnesty and undermines the fundamental rule of law,” he states.
He is a strong proponent of the Second Amendment, the Tenth Amendment, and calls for a full audit of the Federal Reserve.
He also opposes crony capitalism. “Dave will vote against bills that benefit big business over small business,” a candidate comparison chart states. He notes Eric Cantor voted for the bankster bailout. “It is no coincidence that the same banks that received TARP bailout funds are also some of Cantor’s largest donors.”
“The federal government’s abuse of our freedoms has spun out of control. Whether it is the NSA violating our 4th Amendment Rights by collecting phone records, the IRS violating our 1st Amendment rights by targeting conservative organizations, or President Obama violating our 5th Amendment rights with the indefinite detention of American citizens, our freedoms have been under attack and they must be restored,” Brat declares.
It is less clear where Brat stands on foreign policy. His web page states he supports Ronald Reagan’s “Peace through strength” doctrine. “We must secure our borders, support the Armed Forces, both at home and abroad, and maintain a strong national defense in order to secure our country’s future.”