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Perriello's Efforts in Middle East Scrutinized

Tim Craig

Democrat Tom Perriello's congressional campaign had been on the upswing in recent weeks.

Perriello announced last week he has bankrolled $500,000 for his campaign against Rep. Virgil Goode (R-Va.), who represents a conservative district that stretches from Charlottesville to Danville. Perriello, an attorney, got another piece of good news last week when the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced it will be targeting Goode, setting the stage for his toughest reelection battle to date.

But now comes this potentially damaging article from the Danville Register & Bee, which could become fodder for Goode and Republicans.

Perriello's apparent efforts to apologize to Arabs for the conduct of U.S. forces in Iraq sets up an interesting contrast in the campaign. Goode made national headlines in 2006 for suggesting Muslims shouldn't be in Congress.

By Tim Craig  |  April 5, 2008; 4:01 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Tim Craig  
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Comments

Well there went Perriello's campaign, right down the dumpster.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 5, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I think it'll depend on how the press covers this. The Southern Baptists, National Association of Evangelicals, and others in the evangelical community have come out very strongly against the US use of torture saying it is ALWAYS wrong and immoral and buying ads in major newspapers (I think the WP was one) condemning the US use of torture. From what I've read, Perriello is a person of faith and talking about his faith in the campaign. Perhaps like Kaine and death penality, this will end up cementing his religious bona fides which will be vital to winning in rural VA.

Posted by: Susan | April 5, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

So Perriello doesn't support torture. That's a bad thing? If anything I would think this would help Tom. I bet a large majority of Americans would agree with the ad Perriello raised money for. If anything more press about Tom's leadership in working with leaders around the world will help his campaign.

I'm just not seeing how this is "damaging."

Posted by: Karl | April 5, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

This makes it a real contrast between Tom and Goode. Goode has consistently voted to support torture. Tom clearly agrees with the majority of the county that torture is wrong. It took some Christians over one hundred years to apologize for their denominations supporting slavery in the 1800s. Apologizing for torture only makes us look better in the international community and builds trust. He stood up for right against a terrible wrong and should be thanked for it.

Posted by: Charles | April 5, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

"this will end up cementing his religious bona fides which will be vital to winning in rural VA."

You are both correct and incorrect. It will cement his progessive religious bona fides in Charlottesville but stuff like this will hurt him badly in rural Va.

His Charlottesville-UVA based progressive supporters will find out the hard way about rural Va. This guy is toast in the coutry areas were Goode has made his name.

The Democrats CANNOT figure out they cannot run ultra liberal candidates like Judy Feder and Tom Perriello and expect to legitimately compete. Perriello could raise another five hundred or so thousand dollars and not make a dent in the voting block outside of liberal Charlottesville.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 5, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Torture is always wrong. The fact that Tom Perriello was involved in working against torture at Abut Ghriab is encouraging. Torture doesn't produce useful intelligence but rather undermines the leadership of USA in the world community. If we want true security, we should support those working against torture.

Posted by: jsalt | April 5, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

The real problem with what Tom did is threefld.

1. There is no mention by him anywhere abut the torture that the sadistic terrorists regularly do in the tortures that are seen on the same TV stations he gave monies to. While the treatment at Abu Ghraib was wrong, it looks like child play when compared with dragging people behind vehicles until they die or beheading.

2. The ministers he chose to make these statements are as bad as Reverend Wright.

3. Tom spent the money on TV statins that many consider allied with the terrorists


Posted by: perriello is toast | April 6, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

The real problem with what Tom did is threefld.

1. There is no mention by him anywhere abut the torture that the sadistic terrorists regularly do in the tortures that are seen on the same TV stations he gave monies to. While the treatment at Abu Ghraib was wrong, it looks like child play when compared with dragging people behind vehicles until they die or beheading.

2. The ministers he chose to make these statements are as bad as Reverend Wright. Do a google on them

3. Tom spent the money on TV stations that many consider allied with the terrorists.


Posted by: Perriello is toast | April 6, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

The real problem with what Tom did is threefld.

1. There is no mention by him anywhere abut the torture that the sadistic terrorists regularly do in the tortures that are seen on the same TV stations he gave monies to. While the treatment at Abu Ghraib was wrong, it looks like child play when compared with dragging people behind vehicles until they die or beheading.

2. The ministers he chose to make these statements are as bad as Reverend Wright. Do a google on them

3. Tom spent the money on TV stations that many consider allied with the terrorists.


Posted by: Perriello is toast | April 6, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Periello is right--it doesn't matter whether another country is "more wrong" than we are--we must be on the side of right. If the US is to remain a world leader, then we must lead by example. By showing humility when we've done wrong, the world will see that we occupy the moral high ground. Why people want the US to engage in a race to the bottom is beyond me.

We also make a mistake when we assume that all the citizens of Muslim countries believe what their leaders profess to believe, or endorse their actions. We must show moderate Muslims that we are not evil, or our efforts at democratization by force are doomed to fail--we will have no allies in those countries. We must win hearts and minds, both because we're not winning militarily. and because we must, or we are doomed to endless war.

And, rural Virginians are smarter than commentators like to think. They are slow to trust, which is why they've stuck with Goode--he's the devil they know. But Goode's pandering to what he thinks his district believes will hurt him in the long run. Periello is correct to run on his principles. Those who insult the intelligence of rural Virginia should be ashamed.

Posted by: Maude | April 6, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry- how is the fact that Perriello publicly opposed the use of torture a problem? I thought that was the whole point of why someone other than Goode should be representing the 5th District. Am I missing something? Isn't this *why* he's getting more donations than Goode?

If the good "Christian" Rev. Doug Barber "sees torture as necessary" why has he not been defrocked?

Posted by: Satirius | April 6, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Opposing the horrendous actions that occurred at Abu Ghraib is supposed to be damaging to a candidate? Didn't people go to jail for those actions? Aren't we all agreed that they were wrong? If not, we certainly SHOULD be!

Posted by: Jennie | April 6, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Much of the comments on this site is just the lefty dribble that costs democrats votes outside of the UVA-typical colellege town atmosphere . You guys are crazy if you think southside is going to fall for a far left guy just because he says he is religious. The more I look at this race, the better off I see Goode. Generally speaking, Dems just cannot run good winnable Congressional canidates in this state, Periello and Feder are good examples of how not to win in Virginia with far left so-called "progressive" candidates. The word has changed from liberal to progressive but these are the same liberals who cannot win anywhere outside of Moran's district.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 6, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Much of the comments on this site is just the lefty dribble that costs democrats votes outside of the UVA-typical colellege town atmosphere . You guys are crazy if you think southside is going to fall for a far left guy just because he says he is religious. The more I look at this race, the better off I see Goode. Generally speaking, Dems just cannot run good winnable Congressional canidates in this state, Periello and Feder are good examples of how not to win in Virginia with far left so-called "progressive" candidates. The word has changed from liberal to progressive but these are the same liberals who cannot win anywhere outside of Moran's district.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 6, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Torture is un-Christian. Period.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 7, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

There is no torture in the muslim world, none. Period. End of sentence. All stop.

Posted by: Saddam Hussein | April 8, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

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