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National GOP Targets Va Congressmen

Anita Kumar

The mid-term elections aren't until 2010, but that hasn't stopped national Republicans from starting to try to reclaim a pair of U.S. House seats that they lost last November.

The National Republican Congressional Committee began broadcasting radio ads today targeting U.S. Reps. Glenn Nye in Hampton Roads and Tom Perriello in the southern part of the state.

The ad, Accountability Offensive, criticizes Nye and Perriello for supporting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has been under fire recently for her conflicting claims that the Bush administration mislead her on its interrogation techniques.

"When Glenn Nye and Tom Perriello side with Nancy Pelosi despite her recent outrageous charges, it should come as no surprise that the Speaker's plummeting approval numbers are becoming a political liability for them,'' said Paul Lindsay, a NRCC spokesman. "Accusing the CIA of criminal conduct may score points for Pelosi in San Francisco, but serving as rubberstamps for her agenda is not the kind of change Virginia voters were expecting from Nye and Perriello."

Last November's election gave Democrats control of Virginia's congressional delegation for the first time in nearly a decade. But Republicans quickly attributed their losses to Barack Obama's popularity and message of change.

Republicans had an 8 to 3 edge advantage in the delegation but lost three seats when Perriello defeated Virgil Goode, Nye defeated Thelma Drake and Democrat Gerald E. Connolly won the district of retiring U.S. Rep. Tom Davis (R).

"The real liability to the people of Virginia is the Republican Party's insistence on clinging to the shameful politics of fear and smear,'' said Jessica Santillo, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "While the Republican Party of No is busy trying to distract and obstruct, Congressman Nye and Congressman Perriello are fighting to create good jobs, support veterans, and invest in clean, affordable energy solutions."

The NRCC is airing ads in six Republican-leaning districts across the nation. The others are in Florida, South Dakota, Arkansas and New Mexico.

By Anita Kumar  |  May 29, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
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They can target Virginia all they want to, but the GOP is busy imploding on a national level. I want Limbaugh and Cheney to keep talking until all the sane people have abandoned the party and it's really just the nut jobs left. This strategy is called "give them enough rope and they'll hang themselves." It will be the greatest gift the Democrats will ever get here in Virginia and everywhere else.

Posted by: csread | May 29, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

The 5th CD Republican opposition is shaping up to be interesting. Who else is going to jump in or considering?

Posted by: AnonVirginian | May 29, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

CSREAD, what is your evidence the the state party is imploding? We have a record number of delegates going to Richmond tomorrow - over 11,000. We have county committee's doubling there membership in the last 6 months. Obama has been the best recruitment tool VA has ever had.

Please don't confuse national shenanigans with state politics. I'd like to congratulate the state GOP for going after the 2 delegates that sided with Nancy Pelosi. That may be fine and dandy in CA, but we ain't nothing like that here in VA, baby.

Posted by: cheekymonkey | May 29, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

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