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Repost: Perriello walks the walk!



Virginia’s 5th Congressional District Democratic candidate Tom Perriello doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk. Rather he puts his signature on it. In this instance, it was a Communication Workers of America’s Million Member Mobilization card in support of the Employee Free Choice Act.

Tom has long been a supporter of Unions, and in fact his great-grandfather was a Glassblowers Union leader. When he began his campaign, Perriello sought out the input of union leaders on the issues important to working families and the conditions of local economies . He continues to ask for their ideas and suggestions.

From personal experience, most politicians don’t mind having the support of labor or the money they receive, but would rather no one knew the union was behind them. That is not the case with Tom. I was invited to speak at the press conference for Perriello’s 7-point Economic R.E.V.I.V.A.L Tour in Martinsville on July 7, 2008.

After 6 terms of Congressman Virgil H. Goode Jr’s “Do Nothing - Aw Shucks” attitude, a win in November by Perriello will be like a breath of fresh air. Ousting the entrenched incumbent may be a reality for Tom and the 5th. Perriello has reached the $1 million dollar mark and is still raising money at an impressive rate. A recent whirlwind fundraising tour brought author John Grisham (The Firm, The Pelican Brief) to south side Virginia. Grisham stumped for Perriello because for 15 years, he has been Tom’s neighbor in Charlottesville.
Perriello’s campaign was recently designated “Red to Blue” by the DCCC, and will now attract national attention and greater financial backing from the Democratic Party.

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We need more people in Congress like this gentleman!

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