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New Hurt campaign ad attacks Perriello, Democratic agenda

Rep. Tom Perriello (D) is facing a double-barreled assault on the 5th District airwaves: The National Republican Congressional Committee is on the air with an ad calling him a "phony" on the issue of lobbyist donations, and now state Sen. Robert Hurt (R) is up with his own new spot attacking Democrats' legislative record.

At a huge cash disadvantage relative to Perriello, Hurt's campaign had been mostly silent on the advertising front while the Democrat ran a procession of commercials, including a recent one slamming Hurt for his relationship with lobbyists. Hurt launched an issue-based counterattack Wednesday:

"A stalled economy that's crushing Virginia families. The national energy tax we can't afford. The Pelosi-Perriello health-care plan we didn't want. And trillions in new debt," the ad's narrator says, adding that while "Washington is spending away our future," Hurt wants a constitutional amendment to balance the budget and will help small businesses to create jobs.

Republicans believe Perriello -- who won something of an upset victory in 2008 in a GOP-leaning district -- has too liberal a voting record for the 5th, which stretches from Charlottesville and its environs south to the North Carolina border. This ad is not the first time the GOP has gone after Perriello for his vote in favor of President Obama's health bill and it won't be the last.

Perriello has tried to confront critics of the health bill head-on, while excoriating Hurt for his own record on small business issues.

By Ben Pershing  |  September 15, 2010; 4:40 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Ben Pershing , Campaign Ads , Election 2010 , Robert Hurt , Tom Perriello  
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