Mike Lux: VA-05 “symbolically the most important race of the year”

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    Over at Open Left, Mike Lux is out with his list of “the general election races I think matter the most to progressives.” Coming in at #1 is Virginia’s 5th Congressional District, home of Rep. Tom Perriello. I strongly endorse what Mike Lux has to say (bolding added by me for emphasis):

    1. VA-5. Tom Perriello vs. Robert Hurt. I put this at the top because I think it is symbolically the most important race of the year: can a Democrat who voted with progressives on virtually every major issue from this kind of southern conservative working-class district win in a year like this? The odds are long, and Tom is behind right now, but if anyone can do it, he can. Perriello is a great campaigner who has raised a ton of money, and his appeal to values-based economic populism is compelling. Because Tom has raised so much money, other candidates probably need your contributions more, although as tough as this race is, he can still use help. But if there is anything else you can do, including recruiting volunteers and signing up to make calls, please do so.

    To volunteer for Tom Perriello, please click here, and remember, you don’t have to live in his district to help him out!

    P.S. I don’t think I can make this event (unfortunately), but this coming Sunday afternoon at 4 pm, Arlington County Treasurer Frank O’Leary is holding a pizza party for Perriello at “Casa O’Leary” at 239 North Highland Street. If you’re interested in pizza with Perriello, click here.