Have Va Dems Found Their Election Issue?
Virginia Democrats hope that the largely party-line vote by Republicans last week to reject $125 million in federal unemployment funds will help carry them to victory in the fall.
First, they held a press conference and launched an online petition to pitch their party as the one that can be trusted to help lead workers and businesses out of the recession.
Now, Democrats are holding neighborhood canvasses in the districts of nine Republican delegates who voted to reject the federal stimulus money. That includes three in Northern Virginia in Springfield, Sterling and Dumfries.
Volunteers will knock on doors to inform voters of their delegates' decision not to accept the money.
An online petition launched Monday has been signed by more than 6,000 people while nearly 1,000 members have joined a Facebook group.
All 100 House seats are up for election, but Democrats will be concentrating on the 15 Republicans in districts that President-elect Barack Obama carried in the fall, including several in increasingly left-leaning Northern Virginia.
Democrats have won 11 seats since 2003 and need to win six more to take control of the House.
April 17, 2009; 1:43 PM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar , Election 2009
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