Tom Perriello

Perriello Slams A.I.G.

Congressman Tom Perriello issued this response to news that A.I.G. paid "retention payments" to those who essentially drove the company into the proverbial toilet.

Virgil's Back: A Call to Arms

Cross-posted at New Dominion Project and Dem Bones

That old bigot has some kick left after all. Virgil Goode filed papers to run for the Fifth District in 2010. We all knew it was coming, but now it's official. Last year Tom was the hunter, now he's the hunted. Gear up to defend our boy.

A Few Thoughts on Vito

Vito Perriello died yesterday morning.

Hey Virgil Goode; You no longer Represent the 5th Congressional District

Former Congressman Virgil Goode continues to travel around the 5th Congressional District acting as if he is still in office. It would seem that Goode has forgotten he was defeated by Ivy Democrat Tom Perriello in November, 2008.

Goode is taking credit for funds earmarked in the $410 billion Omnibus spending bill passed by the House on Wednesday and expected to pass the Senate soon.

On Thursday, Goode made presentations at Ferrum college, Franklin County and the Booker T. Washington National Monument. Goode also reportedly presented faux checks at Estes Center in Chase City and at the HBR-Historic Boydton Renaissance.

Still "Swiftboating" the Truth

Taken at face value, Freedom Defense Fund's latest anti-Tom Perriello ad would be damaging to the freshman Congressman. Few will think about the fact this is a staged video backed by absolutely zero truth.

A Day in the life of Freshman Rep. Tom Perriello

The Roanoke Times article "Perriello takes a seat at the table" shows what a fresh face, new energy and focus on the common good can bring to Washington.

To say Perriello has "hit the ground running" is somewhat of an understatement, having already had one piece of legislation passed to help fund education through tax credits.

Despite having to endure a recount, Perriello and his staff have proved more than capable of moving the 5th Congressional District forward. They now have 2 offices open and Perriello's website is up and running and constantly being upgraded.

Gone for Goode? Local and national GOP want a rematch


This campaign sign still stands at the intersection of Boon Street and 220 in Boones Mill, Virginia. The election was held over 16 weeks ago, yet the owner of this sign still clings to the hope that Goode will rise from the ashes of his narrow defeat by Congressman Tom Perriello (D).

Perriello joins "Populist Caucus"

23 Democratic members of Congress have joined together to form the Populist Caucus, which claims to be the only caucus in Congress devoted solely to addressing middle class economic issues. First-year Virginia Congressman Tom Perriello is one of the founders of the Caucus.

Perriello's Informational Town Hall

Facing the crowd that gathered at Martinsville High School's library, Congressman Tom Perriello spoke about the highlights for Virginia in the recently passed Stimulus package. Money to help Virginia's bottom line, to save state legislators from making more cuts, money for infrastructure renewal, funding for education and tax credits.

Perriello's "Road to Recovery" tour comes to Southside

Congressman Perriello will be making stops in Danville and in Martinsville as he talks to residents and area leaders about the stimulus bill next week. You know, it is refreshing to look forward to seeing my Congressman instead of being embarrassed to tell people I live in the 5th Congressional district.

Monday, February 16, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Celebrate an open house of the Congressman’s Danville Office
308 Craghead Street, Danville, VA

Wednesday, February 18 at 5:00 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting at Martinsville High School
351 Commonwealth Blvd, Martinsville

Anti-Tom Bias at the Franklin News-Post?

Check out this article from today's Franklin News-Post about Congressman Perriello's vote to reauthorize S-CHIP.

Perriello Reenacts Swearing In Ceremony for 5th District Voters

Freshman Representative Tom Perriello, was welcomed to applause and a standing ovation after reenacting his Congressional swearing in ceremony for approximately 55 Martinsville residents last night.

Perriello told the crowd, "it's important to me to share this swearing in and the oath of office, with the 5th District voters", because the House of Representatives has always been the "people's House".

Perriello to Hold Public Swearing-In Ceremonies around 5th District

Congressman Tom Perriello will make a short foray through the district this weekend, to greet supporters and residents and hold public swearing-in ceremonies.

WHAT: Congressman Perriello invites the public to attend swearing-in ceremonies around the district to recognize the beginning of his term and the start of the new Congress. Each event will feature remarks by local elected officials, entertainment, and an opportunity for the public to greet the new Congressman.

A Prayer, A Toast, A Speech, and Hope for the 5th: Tom Perriello's Swearing-in Celebration

In the midst of a campaign, when your thoughts and time are all-consumed by walk and call lists, by running canvasses and phone banks, and by organizing volunteers and events, the light at the end of the tunnel can seem very far away indeed. Often, many of the folks that you have worked by and with for weeks or even months on end ... disappear back into their own lives, rarely to be seen again, after that either ebullient or gut-wrenching gathering in which the verdict is determined.

This video, provided by activist and blogger emeritus Lowell Feld, shows what politics can (and should) be about. It should be about gathering a community, embracing the challenge of organizing around the idea of a common good, and then celebrating the milestones while understanding the challenges that are yet to be faced.

Congratulations to Tom Perriello, his family and friends and supporters, his campaign staff and Congressional staff, and all the folks that helped make this victory possible. The victory in VA-05 is another milestone for the resurgence of progressive and Democratic politics in the new Old Dominion, taking us to a federal Congressional delegation that is majority Democratic -- and a reminder that 2009 can be the next milestone, as we have the chance to complete the journey of turning Virginia completely blue.

Now more than ever, we need someone of Tom's character and intellect in the halls of power, asking questions of the powerful and speaking up for those that need an advocate.

Congressman Perriello, as the money-changers approach the temple of our government with their hands out after years of fighting tooth and nail against any and all regulation of their activities, please help to ensure that the full faith and credit of the United States is not being used to merely socialize the losses of the powerful at the expense of our balance sheet. Please stand up for common sense regulation of these financial markets as the minimum quid pro quo for these continued bailouts; for transparency and an honest accounting of where the tax monies and our federal debts go; for as stringent a set of regulations on the titans of Wall Street as the Republicans wanted to foist upon the organized auto-workers of Detroit and Michigan; and for an honest, skeptical, and piercing questioning into whether or not this entire bailout endeavor is likely to solve the underlying credit issues that were supposed to be solved by the TARP, or whether it is merely a liquidity trap that literally throws good money after bad as another historic asset bubble (housing) collapses. Thank you for stepping up and running and winning such a soulful campaign, congratulations, and best of luck.

Ridge Schuyler Named as District Director for Perriello

Moving swiftly to get up and running at full speed, Congressman Tom Perriello announced today that Ridge Schuyler will serve as his District Director. Schuyler will oversee the District offices and staff for Perriello.

Quo Vadimus?

(Cross-posted at Dem Bones)

Quo vadimus?

Latin for “where are we going,” it’s a question that should be floating around many offices on Capitol Hill. For freshman Democrat Tom Perriello, the challenge is even more daunting. Tom promised a different kind of politics on the trail through the Fifth, a promise he followed through on by staying above Virgil Goode’s false, negative attack ads. The old kind of politics that Goode had waged in his 12 years in office was most notable for his tendency to secure appropriations earmarks for certain community projects, giving him the opportunity to go to a ribbon-cutting and drum up goodwill, and then quietly vote against the federal programs that would make those projects last long into the future.

Tom faces the difficult task of not getting sucked into Goode’s old, tired tactics, while still getting himself the notoriety within the district that will get him reelected so he can keep fighting the good fight. With his seat on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, he’s well positioned to provide Southside and the Danville/Martinsville corridor with the framework they need for future economic development. Below are two short-term and two long-term initiatives that will both do real good, more than just a Band-Aid fix, and give Tom the chance to stand beside “his” projects in the District.

Perriello Sworn In, Tells Supporters He's already "Working Double Shift"

Congressman Perriello, damn I love typing that, held a reception this evening for more than 150 supporters, many of whom drove from Southside to attend.

My wife and I, who are on vacation in D.C., arrived just prior to the 4 p.m. kick-off and found the banquet room in the basement of the Rayburn House Office Building packed and overflowing into the hallway. It was honestly about 10 degrees cooler in the hall.

Before Perriello spoke, Senator Jim Webb entered and wished Perriello much success to the delight of the crowd. Also in attendence, candidate for Governor Brian Moran and his brother Representative Jim Moran.

First Committee Assignments for Connolly, Nye, Perriello

From Speaker Pelosi's office:

Speaker Pelosi announced today that the House Democratic Steering Committee has nominated appointments to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Ways and Means Committee, Financial Services Committee, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Armed Services Committee, Agriculture Committee, Education and Labor Committee, Foreign Affairs Committee, Homeland Security Committee, and Natural Resources Committee saying, “with the talent and intellect of this distinguished group of Members, the 111th Congress will take America in a New Direction that restores our economic security, creates jobs, and invests in America’s future. The full Democratic Caucus must still approve the assignments and is expected to do so soon.

These 3 names stood out to me for some reason:

Armed Services: Congressman Glenn Nye of Virginia

Foreign Affairs: Congressman Gerry Connolly of Virginia (the only freshman named to this committee)

Transportation & Infrastructure: Congressman Tom Perriello of Virginia

Click here for the complete list.

UPDATE: Connolly also scored seats on the Oversight & Government Reform and Budget Committees.

Perriello Interviewed by NPR

Rep.-Elect Tom Perriello was interviewed on NPR this morning for Weekend Edition. Fun piece on the daunting task of becoming a new congressman.

Check out the interview audio at npr.org.

Among the more than 60 new members of Congress to be sworn in on Tuesday is Democrat Tom Perriello. He represents the Charlottesville area in Virginia. His race was one of the biggest come-from-behind upsets of 2008. It took a recount, but Perriello eventually squeaked out victory over his Republican opponent. He won by fewer than 800 votes in a district that favored John McCain for president. Guest host Ari Shapiro speaks to Rep. Perriello, soon to be Congressman Perriello.

Misguided Perriello victory memes

(crossposted at Dem Bones and DailyKos. Full disclosure: I was a Regional Director for Tom Perriello's campaign.)

Chris Cillizza yesterday offered his list of top congressional campaigns for 2008, and it included our Perriello vs. Goode campaign in VA-5. Earlier in the week, our race graced Politico's list of election upsets. While I am elated and thankful that our work is honored by both of these lists, I am a little upset that our victory is explained in facile and erroneous terms. To their defense, these pundits have to look at 435 congressional races, so their "on-the-ground" knowledge of the district is inherently abstract and distant. I feel, however, that if I don't correct some of these misguided Perriello victory memes, later pundits will dutifully regurgitate these misconceptions.