In the 5th District: "Civil war is upon us"
The Republican committee of Virginia's 5th Congressional District met in Appomattox today and made the decision to hold a primary to choose its candidate to challenge U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello next year.
The decision, in lieu of a convention or firehouse primary, is widely expected to favor state Sen. Robert Hurt, the preferred candidate of many GOP leaders who fear that some of the other contenders, particularly those with affiliations with the Tea Party movement, could prove divisive.
Hurt's strategist, Chris LaCivita, said a primary also allows "the greatest number of Republicans," including those on active duty in the military, to participate. The primary will take place June 8.
Nonetheless, Hurt, who voted for Gov. Mark R. Warner's tax package in 2004, will not be handed the nomination without a fight. At least six others are considering bids for Perriello's seat. One, Bradley Rees, Twittered after the vote that even if Hurt does win the nomination, a third-party challenger is likely to enter the race from the right.
"Civil war is upon us," Rees wrote. "Establishment elites vs concerned citizens sick to death of corruption. The 1st shot has been fired. Choose sides now!"
December 12, 2009; 6:02 PM ET
Categories: 2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Amy Gardner , Election 2010 , Tom Perriello
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