Skip to comments.GOP looks to put the Hurt on Rep. Perriello (2010 elections)
Posted on 08/22/2009 9:47:58 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued
Former Rep. Virgil Goode (R-Va.) opened up a sweepstakes in his old district when he said last month that he wouldnt run in 2010, and state Sen. Robert Hurt has emerged from the clutter as the odds-on frontrunner.
Hurt has yet to make his intentions known, but those close to him say he is seriously looking at the race and is leaning toward entering it.
Freshman Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) has gained plenty of attention some of it unwanted during the August recess for the tightrope he is walking in a conservative district on issues like health care reform. Republicans are expected to make the race one of their foremost priorities in 2008, but they were stuck in a holding pattern until the former incumbent made his intentions known.
Now that Goode has done that, Hurt is next in line and appears a good bet to be the GOP nominee if he runs. His state Senate district covers about a quarter of Perriellos Charlottesville-based district, and Hurt represented even more of the district before he ascended to the state Senate in 2008.
He also doesnt have a reelection battle on his hands this year, allowing him to gear his energies exclusively toward a congressional bid.
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If Senator Hurt does run, I think we’ll get this one in our column. Hurt’s legislative district represents the part of the district that Perriello won in 2008.
This seat should be a VERY easy pickup. It’s a conservative district. The congressman’s vote on Cap & Tax alone should be enough to sink him.
Liberal interest groups are running ads to tell us all how great he is. They must sense he’s already in trouble. He just barely won election last year with 50% of the vote, and that was only because of the inflated youth and minority vote turning out for 0bama and voting straight democrat. He won’t have that luxury next year.
If you’re one of Hurt’s constituants, an encouraging phone call to his office would be helpful.
I’m not but I have family who might be. I’ll check.
I live in Perriellos district (currently working in Iraq so I am a little out of touch). Perriello won the city of Charlottesville by over 11,000 votes (15,705 to 4078) and across the district he garnered enough votes on the coattails of Obama and the anti-Bush mood to win. The city of Charlottesville ran free bus service all day and the Dimocrats encouraged University of Virginia students to register in Virginia. Turnout in Cville was 70 percent. With normal turnout in Charlottesville, Perriello loses hands down. Charlottesville turnout in 2010 will go way down.
I dont know Senator Hurt, but do know Rob Bell. Rob is a good strong conservative. Either will beat Perriello. The 5th Congressional district is very conservative outside of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Perriello ran as a moderate Dimocrat but has shattered that image with his support for Cap and Tax, his waffling position supporting some kind of health care reform, but he wont commit on the public option. He is a weasel who waits until Nancy decides how he should vote. His stand on Card Check is the Senate will not take action, so he wont take a stand. Weasel dimocrat. Put this one in the Republican column in 2010.
This will be an easy pick up. It was stolen by those fruitcakes in Charlottesville anyway and it was still too close to call.
Virgil Goode is one of my favorite people. That one was tough to lose.
>I remember lots written about whether it was ethical for the Democrats to encourage the students at UVa to re-register from their home districts in order to vote for Obama. There was some thinking that their doing so would jeopardize scholarships. Must be an ACORN strategy<
I can’t tell you how much I resent the idea that some little twit from Martha’s Vineyard, whose mummy and daddy are sending him to UVA, can cancel out my vote in this congressional district.
I can imagine. I have liberal carpetbaggers from Maryland and Massachusetts canceling out my vote every time.
This is a goode development.
I was devastated that Virgil lost last year. But I don’t think his loss was a result of his conservatism. With all that has been happening this year with the liberal agenda in Washington, people are sobering up...people who have never been involved in politics are sitting up and taking notice...and getting engaged.
And I believe these folks are more conservative than not. But more than anything I think folks are sick and tired of politics as usual. We need a strong conservative, who’s considered an “outsider” to run against Perriello...someone who the people can identify themselves with...not another “politician”...but someone with a good head on their shoulders with some kind of record that demonstrates how they’ll act once elected.
I’m so thrilled to see that Feda Kidd Morton from Fluvanna County has chosen to throw her hat into the ring. She has an incredible resume/record that demonstrates her servant heart and commitment to faith, family and freedom. I encourage you to check her out for yourself. http://www.fluvannareview.com/articleDisplay.aspx?NewsID=3164
I basically agree with Carrie’s thoughts;
Specifically, I am extremely bothered by some very liberal votes Robert Hurt has launched in the past;
For instance, he voted for the HPV bill (2035) that MANDATED vaccines for a non-epidemic disease, and the bill he voted for did not have an opt-out; He also voted with Mark Warner to pass the largest tax increase in Virginia’s history; How can he make the case against rampant tax and spending in DC, with this record?
He also recently voted to extend domestic partnership benefits for homosexuals; That is hardly my idea of the ideal candidate;
Furthermore, he voted for HB 3202, which was ruled unconstitutional by Virginia’s Supreme Court for establishing UNELECTED boards of bureaucrats with the power to LEVY TAXES!!
I thought we already fought one war over taxation without representation!!
I think we would be far better served to nominate someone close to Virgil who does not carry the liberal baggage of Hurt, and who would therefore have the moral high ground from which to draw a distinct difference between himself or herself and Perriello
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