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In the 5th District: Talk show host Ingraham likes Verga

Popular political talk show host Laura Ingraham has declared Laurence Verga "the conservative" in the Republican nominating contest in Virginia's 5th District, according to a new Web ad distributed today by Verga's campaign.

Although not entirely new (Verga joined Ingraham on her radio show Dec. 7), the shout-out from Ingraham is probably the first of many from conservative commentators who aren't happy with the candidacy of state Sen. Robert Hurt of Chatham. Hurt's vote for a tax increase in 2004 has branded him unacceptable to many conservatives. But because the 5th District GOP has chosen a primary as its method of nomination rather than a narrower, activist-only convention, Hurt, better-known than the others and probably better-funded, is now the man to beat.

"This guy is hand-selected and approved -- signed, sealed and delivered -- by the NRCC," Ingraham said on her talk show. "Who's the best person to defeat a Democrat in the state of Virginia? Is it someone who is kind of middle of the road, kind of on-the-one-hand-on-the-other-hand, works with Democrats, tries to work with them to get some compromise -- or is it a conservative?"

Verga and Hurt are among at least seven Republicans vying to challenge U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello next year. Perriello, a 35-year-old freshman who won on the Obama wave by a mere 727 votes last year, has made some controversial votes in his first year, casting his ballot for emissions limits, health reform and an extension of the current tax rate on the wealthiest estates.

View the Verga spot below:

By Amy Gardner  |  December 21, 2009; 4:46 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Amy Gardner , Election 2010 , Tom Perriello  
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As you can see, Verga's video has already been removed because it is one of the worst ever done. What people should be looking at in Verga's interview with Ingraham is his statement about the Consttution and her reaction.

INGRAHAM: Now you pride yourself on not being a career politician. And you pride yourself on being a constitutionalist. When you say that, what do you mean by that?
VERGA: I believe that 233 years ago, our Founders wrote a template that has incredible flexibility, it’s a document that works as well.
INGRAHAM: Flexibility? That sounds like a liberal Supreme Court Justice. The evolving Constitution. I’m looking at your press people with the nicks, nicks, nicks with the flexibility of the document.
VERGA: I meant the elasticity that it was as good then as it is now, it’s a great template for freedom and liberty and we should look at it today as far as all the decisions we make.

If I were Verga, I wouldn't want to be called a liberal Supreme Court Justice by Ingraham, and I certainly wouldn't be telling everyone about this interview.

Posted by: thereal5th | December 22, 2009 7:49 AM | Report abuse

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