Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Virginia Fifth District Race - #2067 - Letter to the Editor - 'Perriello Can't Hide His Record' - Charles Battig - Daily Progress

The politically nimble, bobbing-and-weaving tactics of Congressman Tom Perriello were displayed at the Aug. 11 Senior Statesmen of Virginia debate. In this summer of public, political discontent, Mr. Perriello worked hard to portray himself as a conservative defender of his constituents, distancing himself from unpopular policies of his Democratic Party leadership. Nice try, but the public remembers Mr. Perriello’s series of town hall meetings in 2009. From my own and others’ experiences, I remember the outpouring of public criticism of the proposed Obamacare redo of the U.S. health-care system. I remember the public opposition to cap-and-trade (cap-and-tax). I remember his misplaced attacks on the U.S. energy industry, ignoring the fact that most of our imported oil comes from Mexico and Canada, not from Venezuela or the Middle East, as he implied. In spite of public concerns to the contrary, Mr. Perriello has been a consistent and reliable “yes” vote on these and other Democratic Party legislation. On occasion, he goes against his leadership’s wishes. He was among the handful bravely voting “not voting” on HR 1105, the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009. The Washington Post notes his better than 90 percent record of voting with his Democratic colleagues on the issues that count with the Democratic leadership.  

He has scheduled town meetings this year, at awkward early morning times, for those not yet tired of having their opinions ignored.  Perriello’s recent spat over earmarks with GOP challenger Robert Hurt is better viewed as a public recognition that our government is financially broke. Spending on endless good causes must be reined in. Mr. Hurt is promising to do so; he deserves a chance to prove it.

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