House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorBrat: New ObamaCare repeal bill has 'significant' changes Overnight Energy: Flint lawmaker pushes EPA for new lead rule House staffer, Monsanto vet named to top Interior posts MORE said he's "optimistic for the future" despite his stunning defeat Tuesday in Virginia's Republican primary, according to News Day.
Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House, spoke to nearly 300 congregants of a New York synagogue on Saturday, his first public appearance since announcing this week he would step down from his leadership post next month.
He did not directly mention his loss to Tea Party-backed Dave Brat, or his future plans.
Cantor is scheduled to attend a private fundraiser for state Sen. Lee Zeldin, a GOP candidate for Congress Saturday evening.