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Have Va Dems Found Their Election Issue?

Anita Kumar

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.

By Anita Kumar  |  April 17, 2009; 1:43 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2009  
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Oh thats a real good plan. Canvass neighborhoods of hard working Northern Virginians who are doing what ever it takes to stay employeed and not asking for handouts... and then have the canvasser whine to them about how their Delegates wouldn't accept a bail out that would criple local small businesses. Smart politics... keep it up. That will ensure a GOP victory come November.

Posted by: Tikkanen08 | April 17, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

So the republican reps do not care about the unemployed in the state but use the same argument of "hurting small business"? What's new?

Posted by: abiodunaodeleye | April 18, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

you've got to be kidding me! They reject a ham fisted attempt at raising taxes and harm the ability of our businesses to flourish.

And really, a MEASLEY $125 million is nothing compared to the $4 BILLION in money they accepted.

Posted by: rayjr1 | April 18, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

"and then have the canvasser whine to them about how their Delegates wouldn't accept a bail out that would criple local small businesses."

Leave it to a Republican to not only get the wrong meaning from something but also disparage plenty of people along the way...truly a party of venom, hatred and pessimism [and the one that purports to embrace my religion better? What a laugh!]. I would have loved to have knocked on your door this weekend when I was out supporting a delegate and the petition.

I'd like to add that those of you "not asking for handouts" are the ones equally as upset as I am about inflation, benefit cuts and jumps in utilities costs.

Posted by: robsmithiii | April 21, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

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