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Video: Tom Perriello Releases Kickoff Video, Goes Up with 2017 Website for Gov. of Virginia


See below for the video and some thoughts from Tom Perriello regarding why he’s running for Governor of Virginia in 2017; also see here for Perriello’s website.

Future generations will ask what we did at this moment to defend our values and our Commonwealth.

I’m running for Governor of Virginia because our state must be a firewall against hate, corruption and an assault on the Virginia values of decency and progress. That is a wall worth building!

This election is not just about the next four years — but the next generation. The next Governor can block the radical redistricting that has held back our promise and progress. If we hand the system back to the people, together we can demand better wages, more time with family, paid family leave and better, more affordable education.

This is a fight to reclaim the politics and policies of our state for the people and the problem-solvers. You and I can fight together — and if we stand strong by our values and refuse to back down, I believe we can win.

Virginia is the state that gave my father, the son of working class immigrants, a shot at a UVA education and the American Dream. It is the state that instilled my sense of hope in progress, watching the former confederate capital elect the nation’s first African-American Governor.

Raised in the shadows of Thomas Jefferson and Barbara Johns, I was taught our democracy was not an inheritance but a charge we are expected to protect and expand with each generation.

That Virginia is under threat. The main Republican challengers include the corporate D.C. lobbyist who wrote the playbook that sold out the middle class to the highest bidder. His team rigged the district maps to ensure our legislature reflected his clients instead of our citizens.

The other is a top Trump acolyte who sows fear and racial hatred, denies climate change and stoked the war on women.

I am proud that Virginians have rejected these values again and again — and we’ll do it again this year, together. I know how to fight, and I know how to win. With your help, Virginia will continue its tradition of being a leading force for the sanctity of our social contract, our democracy and our common good.

I’ll be hitting the road in the coming weeks — from Arlington to Abingdon, from Harrisonburg to Hampton — to offer up ideas, but more importantly, to listen to yours. I hope to see you on the trail.

— Tom

  • Fantastic video. He’s absolutely right. He’s got me fired up. I’ll be happy to help out either Ralph or Tom. And I agree, Lowell, this “it’s my turn” bullshit has got to go. I don’t give a damn who you are, what you’ve done, the “time” you’ve put in- it’s never “your turn”. I don’t think Lt. Gov. Northam feels that way at all, but the people who scree about “oh we needed to clear the field!” as being the PRIMARY thing we needed to do need to get bent.

    I told you, that’s what got us Trumpism. I saw it when I was caucusing for Lamar Alexander in Iowa in 1996. Oh, no- it was BOB’S TURN. The marching orders had already been in and sent to the country chairfolk. And that resentment builds and doesn’t go away. Took 20 years and a bunch of GOP folks whipping that frenzy up thinking they could control it, but it finally exploded.

    We shouldn’t repeat the same mistakes.

    • Makisig Imperial

      Worked for Kaine in 2005. But I guess political fratricide has to happen to every losing party 😕

  • Philip Whitman

    As I mentioned in a previous comment, initially I was concerned about an ugly primary. Yet having had time to process the news, I’ll add this: I like Tom Perriello. I was disappointed that I moved out of the 5th before I could vote for him in ’08. And so I’m hopeful that this campaign will be a net benefit for the party.

    That said, I’m still supporting Northam.

    • I think we have two excellent candidates; let the best campaign win!

  • Love this 2008 TV ad where they had people mispronouncing Tom’s last name…


  • Video: Tom Perriello speaks to packed house (150-200?) in Alexandria


  • The reaction to Perriello’s candidacy (cue “Empire Strikes Back” music? LOL):

    State-level Elected Democrats Across Virginia Support Northam for Governor

    Richmond, VA – Today, Governor McAuliffe and Attorney General Herring proclaimed their support of Ralph Northam’s candidacy for governor.

    Northam for Governor also announced the Virginia Democratic House and Senate Caucuses overwhelmingly endorsed Ralph Northam for governor.

    Northam’s support includes all statewide elected officials and every African-American member of the General Assembly.

    The endorsements come ahead of the 2017 legislative session where Republicans have already prefiled legislation to roll back abortion rights and implement discriminatory legislation against the LGBT community that has been likened to North Carolina’s HB2. Lt. Governor Northam has already publicly declared his strong opposition these types of bills that threaten Virginia’s economy. In the State Senate, he led the fight against the transvaginal ultrasound bill of 2012. He continues to advocate for increased access to contraception.

    In June, all of Virginia’s statewide elected officials endorsed Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam for Governor and they have reaffirmed their support today.

    Lt. Governor Ralph Northam said of the endorsements:

    “Governor McAuliffe and Attorney General Herring understand what is required to make progress in Virginia. Their counsel has helped guide my service to the Commonwealth, and having their support is a tremendous honor.

    I am also proud to have the support of my colleagues in Virginia’s House and Senate Democratic caucuses. I have worked side-by-side with them for nearly a decade, so they uniquely understand my values.

    Fighting for fairness and inclusion is what I have done my entire career, and their endorsements are a testament to my work in the Senate and as Lieutenant Governor. As governor, I will remain dedicated to ensuring every citizen has access to affordable healthcare, a quality education, and a good-paying job, no matter where they live.”

    Governor McAuliffe and Attorney General Herring released the following joint statement:

    “Ralph is the right choice to continue the progress we have made over the last three years building a new Virginia economy by investing in our workforce and ensuring we maintain a balanced budget. He’s committed to diversifying our economy so every Virginian can find a good-paying job no matter where they live.
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    “He has been a steadfast and dedicated fighter for our Commonwealth and our party year in and year out. Virginians can trust him to be a brick wall to protect women’s health and stand up to divisive attacks on equal rights. We are proud to support Ralph Northam to be the next Governor of Virginia.”

    Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Mamie Locke said of the endorsement:

    “Gov. McAuliffe has been a backstop against ideological legislation that would limit women’s access to healthcare, divert funding from public schools, and discriminate against the LGBT community. I support Ralph for Governor because we need someone who will continue to fight to give Virginia’s families opportunity, to protect voting rights for all Virginians, and veto legislation that would take us backwards.”

    House Democratic Caucus Chair David Toscano said of the endorsement:

    “Ralph Northam is a fighter for the values of equality and opportunity that make our party and our Commonwealth great. As the leader of the House Democratic Caucus I am proud to support him as the best candidate to lead Virginia forward as our next Governor.”

    The members of the House Democratic Caucus endorsing Lt. Governor Northam are:

    Del. Lashrecse Aird – District 63
    Chesterfield County (part), Dinwiddie County (part), Hopewell (part), Petersburg, and Prince George County

    Del. Lamont Bagby – District 74
    Charles City and Henrico (part) and the City of Richmond (part)

    Del. John Bell – District 87
    Loudoun (part) and Prince William (part)

    Del. Jennifer Boysko – District 86
    Fairfax (part) and Loudoun (part)

    Del. David Bulova – District 37
    City of Fairfax and County of Fairfax (part)

    Del. Betsy Carr – District 69
    Chesterfield (part) and Richmond City (part)

    Del. Eileen Filler-Corn – District 41
    Fairfax County (part)

    Del. Cliff Hayes, Jr. – District 77
    Chesapeake (part) and Suffolk(part)
    Website / Facebook / Twitter

    Del. Steve Heretick – District 79
    Norfolk (part) and Portsmouth (part)

    Del. Charniele Herring – District 46
    Alexandria (part)

    Del. Daun Hester – District 89
    Norfolk (part)

    Del. Patrick Hope – District 47
    Arlington (part)

    Del. Matthew James – District 80
    Chesapeake (part), Norfolk (part), Suffolk (part), and Portsmouth (part)

    Del. Mark Keam – District 35
    Fairfax County(part)

    Del. Kaye Kory – District 38
    Fairfax County (part)

    Del. Paul Krizek – District 44
    Fairfax County (part)

    Del. Mark Levine – District 45
    Arlington(part), Fairfax(part), and Alexandria(part)

    Del. Joseph Lindsey – District 90
    Norfolk(part) and Virginia Beach(part)

    Del. Alfonso Lopez – District 49
    Arlington(part) and Fairfax(part)

    Del. Jennifer McClellan – District 71
    Henrico (part) and Richmond City (part)

    Del. Delores McQuinn – District 70
    Chesterfield (part), Henrico (part), and Richmond City (part)

    Del. Mike Mullin – District 93
    Williamsburg, Newport News(part), York County(part), and James City County(part)
    Website / Facebook / Twitter

    Del. Kathleen Murphy – District 34
    Fairfax County(part) and Loudoun County(part)

    Del. Kenneth Plum – District 36
    Fairfax County (part)

    Del. Marcia Price – District 95
    Hampton (part) and Newport News (part)

    Del. Mark Sickles – District 43
    Fairfax County (part)

    Del. Marcus Simon – District 53
    Fairfax County(part) and Falls Church

    Del. Rip Sullivan – District 48
    Arlington(part) and Fairfax(part)

    Del. Luke Torian – District 52
    Prince William (part)

    Del. David Toscano – District 57
    Charlottesville and Albemarle(part)

    Del. Roslyn Tyler – District 75
    Brunswick, Emporia, Greensville, Dinwiddie, Franklin, Isle of Wight, Luneburg, Southampton, Surry, and Sussex

    Del. Jeion Ward – District 92
    Hampton (part)

    Del. Vivian Watts – District 39
    Fairfax County (part)

    The members of the Democratic Senate Caucus endorsing Lt. Governor Northam are:

    Sen. Monty Mason – District 1
    Newport News, James City County, Williamsburg, Hampton, York County, Suffolk

    Sen. Mamie Locke – District 2
    Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth, Suffolk

    Sen. Lionell Spruill, Sr. – District 5
    Norfolk, Chesapeake

    Sen. Lynwood Lewis – District 6
    Accomack County, Mathews County, Northampton County, Norfolk and Virginia Beach

    Sen. Rosalyn Dance – District 16
    Chesterfield County, Dinwiddie County, Hopewell, Petersburg, Prince George County, Richmond City

    Sen. L. Louise Lucas – District 18
    Portsmouth, Suffolk, Southampton County, Sussex County, Isle of Wight County, Greensville County, Chesapeake, Surry County, Brunswick County, Emporia, Franklin City

    Sen. John Edwards – District 21
    Craig County, Giles County, Montgomery County, Pulaski County, Roanoke City, Roanoke County

    Sen. Creigh Deeds – District 25
    Albemarle County, Alleghany County, Bath County, Buckingham County, Buena Vista, Charlottesville, Covington, Nelson County, Rockbridge County

    Sen. Jeremy McPike – District 29
    Manassas, Manassas Park, Prince William County

    Sen. Adam Ebbin – District 30
    Alexandria, Fairfax, Arlington

    Sen. Barbara Favola – District 31
    Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun

    Sen. Janet Howell – District 32
    Fairfax County

    Sen. Jennifer Wexton – District 33
    Fairfax County, Loudoun County

    Sen. J. Chap Petersen – District 34
    Fairfax City, Fairfax County

    Sen. Dick Saslaw – District 35
    Alexandria City, Fairfax County

    Sen. Scott Surovell – District 36
    Parts of Fairfax County, Prince William County and Stafford County

    Sen. Dave Marsden – District 37
    Fairfax County

    Sen. George Barker – District 39
    Alexandria, Fairfax County, Prince William County

  • I have been humbled by the outpouring of enthusiasm and energy I’ve received since announcing my candidacy. Throughout my first day, I’ve received questions from supporters and friends asking for clarification on my position on a woman’s right to choose and want to speak directly to those concerns.

    This week’s assault on Planned Parenthood in Washington represents a vicious attack on women’s rights and women’s health.

    I have always been pro-choice and a supporter of Roe v. Wade. I believe that women should have the constitutional right to make their own decisions in consultation with their family and physician and without meddling from politicians. I’m proud of the pro-choice votes I took in Congress, including against efforts to restrict funding to Planned Parenthood, and bar the District of Columbia from spending its own money for abortion services.

    At the same time, I want to be very clear that I regret my vote on the Stupak-Pitts Amendment. At the time, I had extensive conversations with my constituents in Virginia’s Fifth and pledged at dozens of public meetings that I would support health care reform only if it was consistent with the Hyde Amendment. I believed at the time that voting for the Stupak amendment was the only way to meet that pledge.
    This vote caused real pain to constituents and other women. I appreciate that some of these brave women and reproductive justice advocates took time to tell me their stories and educate me about the full implications of that vote. After my term in Congress ended– and as the far right accelerated its systematic rollback of access to reproductive health care at the local, state, and national level — I put these lessons into action, including through my work at the Center for American Progress, in efforts to fight back against the War on Women. This included advocacy in Virginia and across the country to challenge a lack of family planning services and access to abortion care. Thanks to reproductive justice advocates in the state of Virginia, I came to better understand the intersection between denial of service and race and class.
    Just since 2010, the Virginia General Assembly has seen over 75 proposed restrictions on women’s reproductive health care. The majority of these proposals would disproportionately impact low-income women and women of color, denying them access to constitutionally-protected health care for no other reason than their bank balance. Women cannot get a fair shake in education or economic opportunity if they are not afforded the dignity to make their own decisions about if and when they become mothers.

    Every woman should be able to decide for herself whether and when to start a family without political interference. I can’t change the vote I took six years ago, but I have committed myself in the years since and can commit here and now to be a staunch and committed defender of reproductive autonomy. As Governor, I will work to roll back harmful restrictions on the right to choose and on abortion providers here in Virginia, oppose a 20-week abortion ban, make contraception more readily available, and ensure abortion care is safe, compassionate and accessible for women when they need it.

    I look forward to continuing this conversation with Virginians in the coming weeks.

  • Kristin Gamzon Cook

    who is campaign manager and contact info?