(CNN) – One of the country’s most vulnerable House Democrats received some help Friday night from the campaigner in chief.
Freshman Democratic Rep. Tom Perriello is fighting to hold onto his Virginia seat in a heavily conservative district, and in a very cold pavilion the president made his case to Virginia’s 5th district.
“I’m not here because Tom votes with me on every issue. Sometimes he disagrees with me,” President Obama said. “I know his allegiance is not to party labels... it’s to the people of this district and the people of Virginia.”
(Updated 3:04 p.m. ET with Hurt campaign response)
(CNN) - In a last-minute add to his schedule, President Obama has decided to campaign at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday for freshman Rep. Tom Perriello, one of the most vulnerable House Democrats in the nation, according to two Democratic officials.
Perriello has become a hero to some on the left for voting in favor of much of Obama's agenda - including the trifecta of the stimulus, health care reform, and cap-and-trade energy legislation - despite representing the heavily conservative Fifth Congressional District in Virginia.
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.
Washington (CNN) - It's not just Republicans calling for President Obama's economic advisers to go.
An embattled member of the president's own party has publicly called for the resignation of the top member of the administration's economic team.
Rep. Tom Perriello, a Virginia Democrat, called for the resignation of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner at a town hall meeting in Ruckersville, VA earlier this month, according to Perriello spokesperson Jessica Barba.
Perriello's move is emblematic of how–with the economy the biggest issue with voters–Perriello felt it necessary to distance himself from Obama economic policies.
Washington (CNN) - One of the Democrats being "targeted" by Sarah Palin is now getting some fundraising help from Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman who is staying active in Virginia politics as he mulls a second run at the governor's mansion.
Rep. Tom Perriello is one of 20 House Democrats who voted for health care reform legislation that Palin hopes to boot from office in November.
An image on her Facebook page this week featured crosshairs trained on the districts of the vulnerable Democrats in question – a move that has Democrats claiming Palin is inciting violence against Democrats.
Washington (CNN) - Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Virginia, released a statement Wednesday responding to the investigation into a "suspicious incident" at his brother's home in Virginia:
"My number one priority right now is ensuring the safety of my brother's family, and I am grateful to law enforcement for their excellent work. While it is too early to say anything definitive regarding political motivations behind this act, it's never too early for political leaders to condemn threats of violence, particularly as threats to other Members of Congress and their children escalate. And so I ask every member of House and Senate leadership to state unequivocally tonight that it is never OK to harm or threaten elected officials and their families with anything more than political retribution. Here in America, we settle our political differences at the ballot box."
Washington (CNN) - Days after his address was posted online by a Virginia Tea Party activist, the FBI and local law enforcement officials are investigating a "suspicious incident" at the home of Rep. Tom Perriello's brother.
A line to the propane tank on his brother's gas grill had been "severed," an aide to the Democratic congressman told CNN.
"It was enough that he could smell the gas," the aide said.
The Albemarle County Fire Marshal's office confirmed they are investigating the incident - which took place in Ivy, Virginia - along with the FBI.
"While officials are not willing to characterize the exact nature of the incident because of the ongoing investigation, it did not involve an immediate threat to occupants of the residence," Lee Catlin, Community Relations Director for the Fire Marshal, told CNN. "However officials are taking the incident very seriously and conducting a vigorous investigation. Additional details will be released as the investigation continues."