September 8th, 2010
04:04 PM ET
4 years ago

Carpetbagger remark turns Twitter war personal

Virginia Rep. Tom Perriello's campaign is asking his opponent not to accept NRCC funding in the wake of a Twitter fight.
Virginia Rep. Tom Perriello's campaign is asking his opponent not to accept NRCC funding in the wake of a Twitter fight.

Washington (CNN) - Things boiled over Tuesday night in the fight between Democratic Rep. Tom Perriello of Virginia, and Robert Hurt, his Republican opponent, after the Perriello campaign accused Hurt's new campaign spokesperson of being a "carpetbagger" in a Twitter post.

The remark was made in a tweet sent from the campaign's official Twitter account, which is not controlled by the candidate himself.

The fight between Perriello and Hurt has grown more intense in recent weeks as one of the House's most vulnerable Democrats tries to win a second term. It wasn't long before a national Republican operative shot back at Perriello by posting the home addresses of several Perriello staffers who don't live in the district.

Andy Sere, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, posted the names and home addresses of six Perriello staffers who list out of town home addresses on Federal Election Commission documents.

Sere followed that up with a biting remark.

"@VotePerriello you should fire your out-of-district staff or else everyone will think you're a hypocrite, Tom," Sere wrote.

Both sides are showing no signs of remorse for their tactics, and the Perriello campaign has asked Hurt to refuse support from the NRCC until Sere is fired.

"NRCC spokesperson Andy Sere clearly crossed the line tonight, but will Robert Hurt stand by idly while those who recruited him and represented his campaign carry out these dangerous and unethical practices? It's appalling and outrageous," said Jessica Barba, spokeswoman for the Perriello campaign. "Robert Hurt should refuse to accept any more support from the NRCC unless Andy Sere is fired, especially given the history here."

But that doesn't sound like it's in the cards.

"We are surprised that Tom Perriello has reduced himself to attacking staff. He's clearly lashing out after the DCCC practically declared him a political corpse in Sunday's New York Times and followed it up by releasing a poll showing him down after having been on the air with campaign ads for weeks," NRCC communications director Ken Spain told CNN. "His frustration is understandable, but unbecoming of a member of Congress."

The home addresses of campaign staffers are publicly available in reports candidates are required to file with the Federal Election Commission.


Filed under: 2010 • Tom Perriello • Virginia
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. ronnie m

    Revenge politics .. a republican operative retaliates by posting home addresses of several Perriello staffers who don't (even) live in his district. This is shameful and truly dirty politics. If you're asked how low can they go, this is the answer. Pretty damned low.

    September 8, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Andy

    Stupid move Mr. Sere. Stupid move.

    September 8, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. Eric

    If the shoe fits...

    September 8, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Bill

    Not surprising ... Need a new tv show ... Desperate Politicians LOL

    September 8, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    The rethugs are carpetbaggers. What is wrong with the truth? Almost forgot, we are talking the liars and cheaters of the party of NO.

    September 8, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Ted

    grow up you morons. if you want in to politics, you are going to get your feelings hurt, your butt kicked and you are just going to have to pick yourself up and start swinging.

    September 8, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. T'SAH from Virginia

    Tom Perriello already 'kicked President Obama to the curb' so I wonder who he wants to come for his rescue??

    All in all, DEMOCRATS need to Make a CASE – unite the BASE and win this RACE in November!!!! Yes We Can!!

    September 8, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. Tired of the Dems lies

    wow, truth hurts dont it

    September 8, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |