McKelvey finally endorses Hurt in 5th district
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.
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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