Perriello: Bring It On

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    Telling members of the Democratic Party of Virginia that “the truth is on our side,” Rep. Tom Perriello (D-5th) energized the members of the party Central Committee, which met in Charlottesville today. Today also marked the kickoff for the Perriello campaign of seven canvassing drives throughout that geographically large district.

    Rep. Perriello emphasized that his campaign will be one of person-to-person contact, nothing that his campaign volunteers had already made 60,000 phone calls and knocked on 5,000 doors.

    The basic themes of Tom Perriello’s re-election campaign will focus on the need to rebuild the competitive advantage of the American economy and rebuilding the strength of the hard-working middle class, while putting our nation “on the right side of history.”

    More Perriello remarks after the “flip”

    On the historic health reform legislation passed by Congress: “If the Republicans want to repeal the health reform bill [just passed] and drive Medicare into bankruptcy by 2017, I’m ready to have that fight.”

    On the direction the Democratic Party is taking: “We’re on the right side of history….Never forget this. The only things the Republicans are offering are the same policies that got us in the situation we are in today.”

    On the need for financial reform: “Yes. Wall Street has too much influence in the Democratic Party, but it owns the other party.”

    On the need for a new energy policy: “We need to stop putting so much of our wealth through our gas tanks, sending it to the petro-dictators of the world, many of whom hate us.”

    The GOP may have targeted Tom Perriello’s seat, but they had better be ready for a fight. He’s up to the challenge and more…

    • DCCyclone

      …$500, which I gave him some time ago.  That’s a big contribution for me; I’ve evolved the past few years from being a double-figures donor to a triple-figures donor, but I’m still low-triple-figures, and $500 is the most I’ve given in one shot and I’ve done that only a couple other times (once for Jim Webb in 2006).

      Tom has been a strong supporter of Democratic priorities even in a difficult district.  He’s got an uphill climb, I’m sure that if you were forced to bet the house on his race the smarter call would be to bet on Hurt.  But with nothing else on VA-05 ballots driving turnout but his own reelection bid, Tom’s well-positioned, much more so than Glenn Nye, to get base Democrats to show up and get him over the top.  Tom is raising the money a Congressman needs in a district like that one with no super-expensive media markets, and he has the organizational skills for a great field campaign.  I just hope he develops an effective message, and he’ll have a realistic shot at a November surprise.  Perriello has a very plausible path to victory, he deserves our support.