Dana Moriconi had supported Eric Cantor for years, largely without reservation. The retired 59-year-old and her husband had even hosted events for the Virginia congressman, and saw him rise to become the second-most powerful Republican in the House.
But on Wednesday she reported again for a shift at the campaign headquarters for Dave Brat, the local economics professor whose upset over the House majority leader had confounded just about everyone in Washington and sparked new debate over the course of the GOP.
For Moriconi, her change in loyalties had less to do with policy than with her fundamental view of what a public servant should be about.
"Cantor was good...