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:
December 21, 2009; 4:46 PM ET
Categories: 2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Amy Gardner , Election 2010 , Tom Perriello
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