After losing the Republican primary election for the Seventh District of Virginia, Eric Cantor (R–VA) will be stepping down from his role as House Majority Leader. Cantor, a rising star in the Republican Party, announced Wednesday that his resignation would be effective July 31, in a primary election loss he called a “personal setback.” David Brat, his opponent, is an economics professor whose victory many are attributing to the increased sway of the Tea Party. Cantor was twice a guest of the Forum, having visited us in 2010 and, more recently, in September 2013. In a discussion at the 92nd Street Y with Forum Director Thane Rosenbaum, he spoke about the then-hot-button issue of the Syrian crisis, his experience as a Jewish Republican leader, and, of course, the growing influence of the Tea Party in national politics. A video of the entire discussion is posted below, courtesy of the 92nd Street Y.