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McKelvey finally endorses Hurt in 5th district

Ben Pershing

Two months after he lost the 5th district GOP primary to state Sen. Robert Hurt, property developer Jim McKelvey has finally decided to endorse Hurt's campaign to unseat Rep. Tom Perriello (D).

McKelvey was one of five Republicans who lost to Hurt on June 8, and most of the other contenders quickly lined up behind the nominee. McKelvey did not, choosing instead to start a political action committee. His behavior drew attention because he is wealthy -- he put more than $250,000 into his primary campaign -- and because he appeared to have a close relationship with Jeffrey Clark, who is now running as an independent on a platform that calls Hurt too liberal.

On Thursday, McKelvey announced in an e-mail to supporters that while he had said during the primary that he would not back Hurt if he were the nominee, he had recently changed his mind. "I am convinced that Robert Hurt is best positioned to remove Tom Perriello," as Hurt "has pledged to fight for and preserve certain social and fiscal conservative principles that I hold dear," McKelvey wrote.

McKelvey's move is a blow to Clark, erasing the possibility that McKelvey might decide to endorse Clark or help him financially. The independent candidate has so far raised very little money and registered just 4 percent in the last public poll of the race.

By Ben Pershing  |  August 5, 2010; 3:42 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Ben Pershing , Election 2010 , Jim McKelvey , Robert Hurt , Tom Perriello  
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Thanks for including the Independent Green Party elected 5th Congressional District Chairman, Jeff Clark in the story.

I've just spoken with Jeff Clark on the phone. Jeff Clark is out campaigning, meeting with voters, going door to door with the campaign team. Our campaign continues to offer positive solutions. Virginia needs jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

That's the focus of Jeff Clark and all the Independent Green endorsee/nominees in each of Virginia's 11 congressional districts..

Jeff Clark is success as a businessman, husband, father, U.S. Army veteran, a staunch fiscal conservative.

Jeff Clark's son is also an Iraq veteran.

Along with other Independent Greens, Jeff Clark, has joined the coalition against war spending.

Virginia’s Independent Green endorsee/nominees:
1st District, retired U.S. Air Force officer Gail for Rail Parker: mother, grandmother, businesswoman, conservative.
2nd retired Navy Commodore Kenny Golden
3rd retired U.S. Air Force vet John Kelly. John is father of active duty U.S. Air Force officer. Conservative
4th realtor Janet Murphy - liberal
5th Jeff Clark, businessman, U.S. Army veteran,husband, father. Elected Independent Green Party 5th Congressional District Chairman - conservative
6th Harvard grad, Professor Jeff Vanke
7th Floyd Bayne, businessman, husband, father, elected Independent Green Party 7th Congressional District Vice Chairman
8th retired Navy Captain Ron “for Rail” Fisher, husband, father, grandfather.
9th businessman, U.S. Army veteran Jeremiah Heaton, husband, father, businessman, conservative
10th accountant Bill Redpath(L)*
11th realtor Dave “for Rail” Gillis, Virginia native, conservative
Virginia's Independent Green Party advocates "More Candidates, Less Apathy"
"More Trains, Less Traffic"
Build High Speed Rail across Virgina, and the United States. Light rail into where we live.
"Fiscally Conservative, Socially Responsible"
Balance the Federal Budget. Pay off the Federal Debt. Install and auditable accounting system at the Pentagon. Stop no bid uncontested contracts.
The Indy Greens have endorsed the Green Party candidate for Arlington County Board Kevin Chishom.
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