LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor won’t be stepping down until the end of July, but his congressional staff reportedly spent thousands of dollars on a going-away party Wednesday night at a Capitol Hill watering hole.

According to Roll Call’s “Heard on the Hill” blog, current and former staffers for Cantor met up at Tune Inn on Wednesday afternoon, just hours before the Virginia Republican announced his plan to vacate his leadership position July 31.

Once Cantor’s announcement was made official, Roll Call reports that the staffers and aides paid between $500 and $1,000 apiece to come up with the $6,500 needed to reserve the bar from 6 p.m. until close.

About 100 guests packed the bar for their semi-private gathering, drinking and rocking out to the jukebox that featured ’90s and 2000s rock, according to Roll Call.

It’s unknown if Cantor joined his crew for a drink or two.

Cantor was defeated by tea party candidate Dave Brat in Virginia’s primary Tuesday night. He will remain in Congress through the end of his term in January.


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