Brat Names New Campaign Manager in VA-7 Race

Brat Names New Campaign Manager in VA-7 Race

By Adam O'Neal - July 8, 2014

Upstart congressional candidate David Brat has another new campaign manager, his campaign announced Tuesday afternoon. 

Amanda Chase, who was appointed to lead Brat’s general election effort less than a month ago, is being replaced by Virginia state Senate aide Phil Rapp.  Chase had once worked for Rep. Eric Cantor, whom Brat upset in the Virginia Republican primary on June 10.

“As a long-time friend, Amanda really stepped up and helped me when I needed her most -- coming in as my transition campaign manager until we could put our full team together,” said the candidate in a statement. “I understand she needs to return to her business and other pursuits, and I will always be grateful for her service.”

Rapp will be Brat’s third campaign manager. Chase replaced Zachary Werrell, a 23-year-old who led the campaign during the primary.  

Rapp volunteered for Brat during the primary and has held several management positions with Tredegar, a manufacturing company, according to the campaign. 

The Brat team also announced that it will hire Tim Edson, previously an aide to now-former Rep. Allen West, as a “general consultant.”

Brat made history last month with his stunning defeat of Cantor in the 7th District race. It was the first time in U.S. history that a House majority leader lost a primary re-election contest.

Brat is running against Democrat Jack Trammel in November. Both candidates are professors at Randolph-Macon College.

Adam O'Neal is a political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @RealClearAdam.

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