Congressional candidate Dave Brat gets support from conservative radio host

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A local candidate for Congress is getting support from a national radio host. Conservative pundit Laura Ingraham was in Henrico Tuesday night at a rally for Dave Brat.

Brat is taking on one of the most powerful Republicans in Congress: incumbent Eric Cantor, who's held the 7th District Seat since 2001. So, it's an uphill battle for the college professor turned politician.

So will Ingraham's support turn into votes for Dave Brat? He and his supporters are counting on it.

At the rally, held at the Dominion Club in Glen Allen, Ingraham said she wants Central Virginia and the country to know that she's a member of "The Brat Pack."

Congressional candidate Dave Brat is behind in fundraising and relatively unknown, especially compared to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

"Dave Brat is someone with integrity and great courage to take on the Washington establishment," she said. "As far as I can tell, the only thing Eric Cantor is known for right now is his name, his money and the fact that he has a huge amount of backing from big business."

Brat has been a professor at Randolph-Macon for nearly twenty years. He went to seminary school and has a PhD in economics. He's also served two Governors on the Joint Advisory Board of Economics.

Still, he's the underdog in a race that seemingly has Cantor's name written on it.

"There's a rule for the big shots and then there's a whole other set of rules for the average person," he said. "I've been that average person."

Brat says, that's what America needs, which Ingraham echoes fervently. For the Republican allies, they say the time for change is now.

"It's not personal," Brat said. "I'm not running against Eric Cantor but I'm running against folks who stay up there too long and turn from the District to represent folks up in DC."

Brat has also received support from other notable conservatives like Ann Coulter and Mark Levin. As for Cantor, NBC12 will have a full profile on the incumbent later this week.

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