Tag: Jeffrey Clark
If the GOP still thinks that Tom Perriello (D-5th) is the most "endangered" Democrat in the nation, they haven't been paying attention to the campaign he has been conducting. So far, Perriello is doing everything right - from raising plenty of money to inspiring lots of young volunteers to begin campaign work early in the process, all the while engaging voters.
During the last recess Perriello took his campaign to the Main Streets of several towns in the 5th District, including Chatham, where his GOP opponent, the Sarah-Palin-endorsed Robert Hurt, practices law.
Tom Perriello isn't what I would call a typical national progressive. Instead, he reminds me more of Jim Webb. Perriello, like Webb, is determined to do what he can to make government work better for workers and the middle class. That's the reason he voted for health care reform.
The April-June quarter fundraising for Perriello gave him the best quarter he has ever had, more than $660,000, outpacing Robert Hurt, who raised $510,000. According to campaign manager Lise Clavel, the vast bulk of Perriello's money - about 97 percent - came in the form of donations under $200. Unlike Hurt, Perriello doesn't accept money from federal lobbyists or corporate political action committees. So far, Perriello has raised $2.3 million and had $1.7 million on hand at the beginning of June. Hurt has less than a third of that on hand.
The other candidate in the race, Jeffrey Clark, who is a Tea Bagger type, hasn't yet reported his third quarter results.
(This is a follow-up on lowkell's earlier post about Robert Hurt's ridiculous debate change of heart. I just want to rub it in.)
According to the Charlottesville Daily Progress Robert Hurt, the Republican challenger to Rep. Tom Perriello (D-5th), has changed his mind and refuses to participate in any candidate debate in which tea partier and independent 5th district candidate Jeffrey Clark participates. (Hurt was willing to debate Clark during their primary fight, however.)
In a written statement, Hurt said, "We cannot allow the important debate in this election to be sidetracked by a candidate who is not serious about his campaign or his ability to win." Unfortunately for Hurt, it was just last Saturday that he told the Daily Progress that he was "absolutely" willing to appear at three-candidate debates that featured himself, Rep. Tom Perriello, and Clark. Before his mighty flip flop, Hurt said,
"We need to work out all of the details, but debates are a very, very important part of elections and obviously we want to make ourselves available to all of the citizens who will be judging us and we're committed to doing that but obviously we have the details to work out. We haven't talked with the Perriello campaign - I don't think - about what they're interested in."
Now, he's saying the opposite, a position that has allowed both Tom Perriello and Clark to attack him at will. I love it!
Accoring to the Lynchburg News & Advance, the tea party right-wingers in the 5th congressional district are now officially divided over whether to support the Republican nominee, state Sen. Robert Hurt (R-Chatham). Some of the tea partiers refuse to "forgive" Hurt for his rational vote in support of former Gov. Mark Warner's budget that got the state out of a fiscal hole. This development is bound to help Rep. Tom Perriello's bid for re-election.
Leaders of the Lynchburg Tea Party stated in a news release that they won't endorse any candidate in the 5th District. Instead, they are "drawing a line in the sand." Further, the release also criticized some tea party people who are supporting Hurt.
According to the News & Advance, partier Kurt Feigel said, "We congratulate Robert Hurt on his recent victory. However, we cannot and will not endorse a candidate that does not align with our core principles."
Sounds good to me! I would encourage all those partiers to raise money for the independent far-rightie in the race, Jeffrey Clark, as well.