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NYC mayor: 'Irony' in Cantor's loss to Tea Party

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says there is "some irony" in Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor's surprising loss to a Tea Party challenger.

The Democratic mayor had trouble suppressing a smile when asked his thoughts on Cantor following an unrelated event in Brooklyn on Wednesday.

He said that Cantor "helped create" the conservative Tea Party movement and helped "paralyze" the federal government.

But de Blasio also said that Cantor's defeat was a "cautionary tale." The mayor, an unabashed liberal, said he feared the Republican Party would now become more conservative.

Cantor visited New York last month to oppose de Blasio's charter school policies.

Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo used Cantor's upset as an opportunity to bash the Tea Party.

"The tail is wagging the elephant. The far right is taking over and terrorizing the Republican Party," the Democratic governor said. "This has no place in New York and we will stop the ultra conservatives here and now."

Cantor was defeated Tuesday by little-known Tea Party member Dave Brat.

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