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Conservatives may defect to independent candidate in swing VA-05 Congressional district

Talking Points Memo reports (excerpt):

The cry of “RINO” in Virginia’s fifth Congressional district is starting to sound a bit familiar as Republicans have opted for a primary election to choose their nominee to challenge freshman Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA).

Tea party activists in the district don’t think the favored candidate Robert Hurt, a state senator from rural Chatham, is conservative enough.

The June primary is an interesting development in the VA-05 district, which is the top target for Congressional Republicans who held it until last year.

There are seven candidates and Democrats see a potential for a NY-23 repeat, with an independent candidate gaining steam if Hurt picks up the nomination.

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  1. wolfefan wolfefan December 15, 2009

    Greenpartyfan – are you serious? The Independent Greens are all about “for Rail” (sic). What in the world makes you think that Rees would be supportive of that in the slightest?

  2. paulie paulie December 15, 2009

    It’s a swing district because it might swing either way in 2010. Actually, any district that is likely to switch parties can be called a swing district.

  3. Jeff Vanke Jeff Vanke December 15, 2009

    The VA-5th is not really a swing district. Democrat Perriello barely won in heavily Dem 2008. He would lose a two-way race in 2010, hands down, though a serious third candidate could reopen Perriello’s chances.

  4. Catholic Trotskyist Catholic Trotskyist December 15, 2009

    Sorry Don, I hope you enjoyed the break from church. But I won’t be here for too long; I am expected to be on another mission after New Years, which is expected to last at least 3 months.

  5. Catholic Trotskyist Catholic Trotskyist December 15, 2009

    Tom Perrielo is a great Catholic Trotskyist. Although he is not the prophet of God, the modern-day Isaiah, that’s Michigan congressman Bart Stupak, who sponsored the anti-abortion amendment in the House bill.
    Yes, the Third Party losers on the right will catapult the Democrats into power in 2010 and continue the push towards Catholic Trotskyism. Since the Democrats won’t have that problem because the fascist/stalinist satanic criminal Ralph Nader, has finally been discouraged beyond repair, this is indeed a good situation.

    I hope some of you celebrated the Feast of St. John of the Cross today.

    Worthy is the lamb that was slane.
    Read Effesians 4 and Isaiah 40 and Job 31, and celebrate Advent and Christmas and Hanukkah, amen.

  6. libertarianblue libertarianblue December 14, 2009

    The problem with alot of these Independent Conservatives that claim they believe in Freedom in all that. Not one has denounced our pathetic foreign policy. They all sound like Neocons.

  7. Solomon Drek Solomon Drek December 14, 2009

    My guess is the favored GOP candidate will have to move so far to the right in the primary that he’ll l,ose the center, and the election, to the democratic incumbent.

    There’s a good chance that third party/independent rightwing candidates will attract enough votes in close races to limit the damage the GOP can do next year.

    I don’t think this will be a rightwing tsunami like 1994.

  8. Green Party fan Green Party fan December 14, 2009

    According to their web site, http://www.VoteJoinRun.US...

    The Independent Greens of Virginia are planning to run a candidate in 5th congressional district.

    Word on the street is they have had conversations with the conservative Independent Bradley Rees.

    Rees is a factory worker, who appears to have blocked by the powers that be over at the George W. Bush big government, big federal debt party from even seeking that nomination.

    Stay tuned to Independent Political Report.

    When we know it, you’ll know it.

  9. paulie paulie December 14, 2009


  10. Trent Hill Trent Hill December 14, 2009

    Congressional is missing the G. Can we fix the headline?

    Thanks Paulie–and good story.

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