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Conservative group targets Perriello for health vote

Ben Pershing

Updated 12:50 p.m.
A conservative group is launching a new campaign against Rep. Tom Perriello, hitting the freshman Democrat for his vote in favor of health-care reform.

Americans for Prosperity began airing an ad Thursday in Virginia's 5th district saying that "Americans opposed a health care takeover, but Tom Perriello ignored us and voted with Nancy Pelosi for big-government health care":

The ad says the reform plan would cost $1 trillion, would cut Medicare and will cause people earning less than $200,000 to pay higher taxes. "Tom Perriello cast his vote. Tell him Virginians won't forget," the narrator concludes. (The claim about tax increases comes from a Joint Committee on Taxation study often cited by Republicans, though Democrats say the statistic does not take into account portions of the reform bill that would lower individuals' health-care costs.)

According to AFP, the ad will run on network and cable stations in the 5th district for two weeks, at a cost of $100,000. Similar ads are running against Reps. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) and Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.), with more likely to come.

"We definitely see a scenario where we expand this to some other House districts, including here in Virginia," said Ben Marchi, the Virginia state director for AFP.

Perriello is viewed by both parties as one of the most vulnerable lawmakers in the country. Unlike many Democrats in tough districts, such as Virginia Rep. Glenn Nye, Perriello decided to back the health-reform bill despite the issue's rough poll numbers. "I have been perfectly willing to not just vote but champion the causes when I think they are right," he has said in explaining that vote as well as those in favor of Democrats' stimulus plan and cap and trade bill.

Republicans in the 5th voted Tuesday to nominate state Sen. Robert Hurt to take on Perriello in November.

Asked for comment on the ad, Perriello's campaign manager sends along this response: "It's no surprise that Senator Hurt and his Swift Boat-style front groups are attacking Tom on the same day that thousands of seniors are receiving rebate checks for their prescription drug costs. After all, Hurt's promised to follow the lead of the insurance companies and other special interests in efforts to repeal these and many other benefits to Virginia's seniors."

By Ben Pershing  |  June 10, 2010; 11:40 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Ben Pershing , Election 2010 , Tom Perriello  
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Health care (transformation) is one of the best issues this current administration has done thus far. With this change individuals will have the opportunity to seek professional and quality health care services. Who would want to return to the days of the horse and buggy, b/w tv sets, manual typewriters, pac man, you get the point? That's about how old the health care system was in the USA. Each day the news is filled with social tragedies in which lives are taken at the hands of known acquaintences and/or family members. Our society is stricken with the institutions of white collar crime permeating throughout this great nation and greed which tends to strike at the very fabric of our country. If you are looking for affordable health insurance check out I hope everyone will soon recognize and use the resources made by this transformation to seek professional medical attention as the need arises rather than turning to illegal and criminal activities to resolve their issues.

Posted by: talbertjo13 | June 10, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Health care (transformation) is one of the best issues this current administration has done thus far. With this change individuals will have the opportunity to seek professional and quality health care services. Who would want to return to the days of the horse and buggy, b/w tv sets, manual typewriters, pac man, you get the point? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Gullible people who have been comvinced by right wing hate radio that President Obama is their enemy and the reason for all of their problems. People who have been convinced by right wing hate mongers that the only people that will benefit from the health care bill are poor, shiftless, lazy minorities and illegals who want to live off the government at their expense.........They don't get the point. The only point they have is for President Obama to fail and thus the country fails. Then they will have proven what ever point they were trying to make.

Posted by: catmomtx | June 10, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Conservatives want to save all the money they can in order to bail out BP and keep the wars going to make sure Halliburton get their share of our tax money. Conservatives don't care about people only about their own pocket books.

You hear the likes of Sarah Palin and Limbaugh talking like and to "the common man" all the while amassing fortunes.

It's easy for them to talk they will never be without healthcare because their inordinately wealthy, but their audiences are numb to the fact that these people who are rabble rousing are as far from being part of the rabble as anyone in Washington in either party!

I really get a charge out of all the Republicans and Conservatives running on an anti-government platform but when they run for office they become part of the government and WE pay their salaries.

Just a lovely bunch of conservative hypocrites on either side of the aisle it's the consveratism is just another ism like Nazism)concerned about their own wealth, health and well being and really just don't give a damn about the American public or tax payers.

Posted by: davidbronx | June 10, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

What don't Democrats understand?

What word in the following is so difficult:

If you vote for the health care plan, you will be voted out of office. They all knew that when they cast their arrogant votes.

Go kissy-face with Obama, you idiots.

Posted by: joesmithdefend | June 10, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Perriello is one of the few people in Washington with any guts.
He's tried to do the right thing, not just take the easy way out. I hope that won't come back to bite him.

But given the level of misinformation and ignorance in this country, it probably will.

I'd encourage everyone to learn more about him before deciding. Perriello is a plain-spoken man, not a career politician mouthing talking points.


Posted by: julir7 | June 10, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

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