Cantor gives Hurt a boost in Virginia 5th congressional district primary
House Minority Whip Eric I. Cantor (R-Va.) has donated $7,000 to the congressional campaign of State Sen. Robert Hurt through his leadership PAC and campaign committee, unleashing a storm of protest from conservative activists in Virginia's 5th District.
Hurt is competing with six others for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello, the Democrat from Albemarle County who defeated Virgil Goode in 2008 by fewer than 1,000 votes. But before Republicans can unite to take on Perriello, they're spending some time fighting amongst themselves about who is the truest conservative.
Hurt has name recognition and the backing of national Republicans, but he is viewed with suspicion by at least four active TEA Party organizations active in the 5th District.
Alex Cortes, a spokesman for 5th District contender Laurence Verga, said national Republicans are making a mistake supporting a "moderate" candidate who voted for a billion-dollar tax hike in 2004. After Hurt, Verga is the best funded of the seven candidates.
"If Eric Cantor and the NRCC don't want another New York-23 on their hands, they need to get out of the 5th District, and focus on the constitution instead of voting for bills like TARP and the AIG bonus tax, both of which cantor voted for," Cortez said.
Cantor said such assessments are "ridiculous."
"Robert Hurt is a conservative," he said. "The guy has a 100 percent rating for being pro-life. He's pro-gun. He has an A-plus rating with the NRA. He's a small-business, small-government conservative."
January 15, 2010; 4:20 PM ET
Categories: 2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Amy Gardner , Debates , Election 2010 , Eric Cantor , Robert Hurt , Tom Perriello
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