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Top Cantor Aide Out

Dayspring to work for super PAC.

Brad Dayspring, left, with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., in July.(Carolyn Kaster/AP)

photo of Reid Wilson
March 3, 2012

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's chief spokesman resigned abruptly on Friday.

Brad Dayspring, Cantor's combative deputy chief of staff, told colleagues on Friday he was leaving the office. He will leave to join a super PAC aimed at raising and spending money for House Republican candidates, National Journal has learned.

"We would like to announce that our Deputy Chief of Staff Brad Dayspring has resigned to pursue other opportunities," Steve Stombres, Cantor's chief of staff, said in a statement. "Brad will be missed and we wish Brad all the best luck in his future endeavors. He was a valued employee and did an outstanding job defining and defending our Republican majority."

 

Politico first reported Dayspring's departure.

"It is with great enthusiasm that we're adding Brad Dayspring as a senior adviser to our team," said John Murray, Cantor's former communications director who now runs the super PAC. "When Young Guns was formed it was designed to help leaders like Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy chart a new course for the center-right movement and the House majority. Brad's years of work both on capitol hill and in the campaign world are a perfect blend to help take us to the next level."

Dayspring was one of Cantor's closest advisers. As Cantor's top communications aide, he recently took on a more strategic role as deputy chief of staff. Dayspring was known for his aggressive style, both in promoting his boss and in pushing back against reporters.

A New Jersey native and hockey aficionado, Dayspring served in George W. Bush's White House before leaving for Capitol Hill, where he served as a top communications aide to Reps. Chris Smith, R-N.J., and Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas.

Cantor’s office said no successor had been named yet.

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