Today Tom Perriello in a video (see the video below) officially announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for governor Virginia. He will face Lt. Governor Ralph Northam thought to be the lone Democratic candidate in a June primary. On Twitter he posted that his team will be celebrating his campaign launch tonight at 7 p.m. in Alexandria. He also tweeted his schedule will take him to Danville and Charlottesville today and NOVA tonight.
Lt. Gov. Northam has been making the rounds campaigning and raising millions of dollars throughout Virginia for at least a year. He has made several visits to Roanoke. Northam is soft-spoken and a moderate while Perriello is considered a progressive and energetic speaker along the lines of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. Progressives are expected to flock to his enthusiasm.
Tom Perriello, the former Democratic congressman from Virginia’s 5th district was swept into office in 2008 on a wave of anti-Bush era sentiments and defeated Franklin County’s Virgil Goode. In two short years Perriello lost reelection in the 2010 mid-term elections to Robert Hurt. He had some of the most memorable campaign ads in 2008 depicting various people attempting to pronounce his last name.
Progressive Democrats have tossed his name out for every political seat since. They clamored for him to reclaim his congressional seat, run for U.S. Senate and pushed him to run for governor in 2013.
At the time Perriello (pair-ee-EH-l0) said “Don’t hold your breath” in answer to the question by this reporter as he appeared in Roanoke to kick off canvassing for the Obama/Biden ticket in October of 2012.
Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John Whitbeck sent out an email saying that though he disagrees with Tom Perriello on virtually every policy position he commended Perriello for standing up to the rigged Clinton system in Virginia. “Unfortunately for Perriello, it’s only a matter of time until McAuliffe, Northam and the rest of his team push him out. We saw how Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Donna Brazile, and the Democratic National Committee were working closely with the Clinton campaign all through the primary trying to force Bernie Sanders out – even leaking debate questions to the campaign,” wrote Whitbeck.
Former 5th district congressman didn’t say “never”
Perriello has left his position for now as President and CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, an advocacy arm of a liberal think tank. According to their website the mission is: “To transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing and advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders throughout the country and the world.”
At the time Perriello said he was dedicated to his work with the Center but didn’t say that he would “never” run for political office again. “I don’t have any plans of doing that but if it comes it comes,” he said. That time has come!
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election_2017, Elections, Politics, State Politics
Tags: democrat, Election 2017, governor, Perriello