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Poll: Hurt has six-point edge over Perriello

Republican nominee Robert Hurt has a six-point lead over Democratic incumbent Tom Perriello in a new poll of voters in the Fifth District congressional race. The Roanoke College poll gives Hurt a 46 percent-40 percent lead over Perriello. Independent Jeffrey Clark polls 1 percent of the vote, with 13 percent undecided. The poll includes interviews […]


Money race tightens in Fifth

Republican challenger Robert Hurt actually slightly outpaced Democratic incumbent Tom Perriello in the money race in the third quarter, raising $900,000 to the $810,000 raised by the congressman, though both seem well-positioned for the final weeks of the race in terms of their access to cash. “While Robert Hurt continues to take thousands from K […]


Poll: Hurt-Perriello basically a dead heat

A new poll commissioned by The Hill has Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello trailing Republican challenger Robert Hurt by a single point as their race heads into the stretch drive. Hurt had a 45 percent-44 percent lead over the Democrat in The Hill/ANGA poll, results of which were released on Wednesday by the newspaper. The […]


Tom Perriello: Unfinished business

Last week, Congress adjourned for our fall district work period. I voted against adjourning because I believe we have far too much unfinished work, most notably enacting needed tax cuts for the middle class. In this brutal economy, it is crucial to ensure that hard-working families have a little extra money in their pockets at […]


Tom Perriello: Small-business growth key to jumpstarting the economy

After so many months of tough economic news, it has been encouraging in recent weeks to see good news about jobs in our communities and a new attitude in Washington. In recent weeks, Congress has passed important legislation to support American manufacturing jobs, including bills I co-sponsored to eliminate our trade deficit, create the first […]


Tom Perriello: Job creation

Before I took office last year, I met with business leaders and economic developers in all 22 localities in the Fifth District. I knew that job creation and economic relief were the top priorities and wanted gather the best ideas from the community. In Central and Southern Virginia we know that our economic troubles predate […]


WhenVirginiaWasBlue.com: Perriello-What are you thinking?

You have to wonder what Tom Perriello was hoping to accomplish. “I have a lot more respect for those that passionately disagree with me than those that just don’t care,” the Fifth District congressman said after his meeting with members of the Jefferson Area Tea Party on Thursday, where, no surprise, it was made clear […]


WhenVirginiaWasBlue.com: Tom Perriello-A level playing field

For far too long, policies in Washington have been written for, and sometimes by, well-financed corporate interests. The result is a playing field that is tilted in favor of special interests at the expense of consumers. I have worked in Congress to return power to the consumer where it belongs. As a consumer, you should […]


WhenVirginiaWasBlue.com: Perriello goes after Hurt on jobs

Republican nominee Robert Hurt has a hole in his jobs platform on free trade. “Robert Hurt is a typical politician who remains so out of touch with the experience of working families that he doesn’t even realize the devastating effects free-trade agreements have had on the Fifth District. Now he’s even pledging to continue supporting […]


Tom Perriello: Social Security is a ‘promise’

Last week marked the 75th anniversary of Social Security. Social Security is a promise to American seniors – and those still working – that if they play by the rules and contribute to the system, they can retire with security and dignity. I am proud to have worked hard to extend the solvency of these […]


Tom Perriello: Level the playing field

As we fight through this deep recession, we must start manufacturing, building, and growing things in America again. For too long, elites in both parties have pursued policies that ship our jobs overseas and undermine the middle and working class. Manufacturing, construction, and agriculture cannot be treated as yesterday’s news but rather must be part […]


Hurt pledges to defund health-care reform: Good politics, but is it good policy?

Robert Hurt’s move to sign the DeFundIt.org pledge to pull funding from the health-care reform measure passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in March is good politics. It’s probably also bad policy, but you could say that policy is the province of those who are good at politics first. “By signing […]


Poll: Hurt has big early lead over Perriello

Republicans need the Fifth District to take back control of Congress. The Fifth appears to be the GOP’s for the taking, according to a Survey USA poll released on Tuesday. The poll has Republican challenger Robert Hurt leading Democratic incumbent Tom Perriello by a 58 percent-to-35 percent margin. Independent Jeffrey Clark polls 4 percent. Hurt, […]


What does early Perriello money lead mean for November?

You look at the money race in the Fifth District, and it’s no race at all, really. Democrat Tom Perriello has $1.7 million in cash on hand while his Republican opponent, Robert Hurt, has $212,000, according to reports filed by the respective campaigns with the Federal Election Commission. Those numbers are bound to change between […]


Tom Perriello: Getting America moving forward

Column by Tom Perriello www.house.gov/perriello   During last week’s Congressional District work week, I spent time in all 22 localities of the district to hear the needs and concerns of constituents and report back on progress made on jobs and economic relief. In addition to numerous individual meetings, I made stops on 14 Main Streets […]


Perriello passes $2M mark in fundraising in ’10 cycle

Edited by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   The Tom Perriello campaign raised more than $660,000 in the second quarter of 2010, bringing its total to date in the 2009-2010 election cycle to $2.3 million. The numbers released today by the campaign of the Fifth District Democrat also included a line item for $1.7 million in cash […]


Perriello bucks party on budget resolution

Edited by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello voted Thursday night against the Democrats’ Budget Enforcement Resolution (H.Res. 1500), which would set a $1.12 trillion limit on discretionary spending for one year. Perriello argued that a full, balanced budget resolution is needed to tackle the nation’s deficit woes in his reasoning for […]


Perriello blasts Senate on unemployment benefits

Edited by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello today released a statement blasting the U.S. Senate for playing politics with unemployment benefits and Medicare payments to doctors. “The elites in the Senate may have forgotten what it’s like on Main Street for families still struggling in this recession,” Perriello said in the […]


Perriello to host Vilsack on telephone town hall

Edited by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello will hold a telephone town hall meeting with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Thursday, June 17, from 6:50 p.m. -7:50 p.m. to address issues of importance to rural communities. To join the call, participants can dial toll-free 877.229.8493 and enter access code […]


Tom Perriello: It’s the economy

Column by Tom Perriello www.house.gov/perriello   During last week’s congressional district work period, I spent time talking with business owners, workers, job seekers, and others about what we can do to turn our economy around. I cherish my time here because I never want to lose touch with the challenges and needs of the families […]


Tom Perriello: Government accountability

Column by Tom Perriello www.house.gov/perriello   When I came to Congress last year, I promised to fight for economic relief for my constituents, but also to change the way business is done in Washington. For far too long, both parties have answered to the special interests instead of to the people. Sometimes it can seem […]


Tom Perriello: Reducing the burden

Column by Tom Perriello www.house.gov/perriello   One of my top priorities in Congress has been reducing financial burden on middle- and working-class families during these tough economic times. Last week, USA TODAY reported that Americans paid their lowest level of taxes in 2009 since Harry Truman’s presidency. The news story reported: “Federal, state and local […]


Tom Perriello: Transparency

Column by Tom Perriello www.house.gov/perriello   I am committed to increased accountability and transparency in government, and pleased to report that we took two important steps forward in this direction last week in Congress.


Perriello rakes in the money

Edited by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   The Tom Perriello campaign announced over the weekend that it raised over $600,000 in the first fundraising quarter of 2010 – the vast majority of it from small donors – marking their most successful fundraising quarter ever.