Sign language: Robert Hurt announces reelection run
Congressman Robert Hurt was in town Monday to kick off his reelection bid for the 5th District. Local Republicans including supervisors Ken Boyd and Rodney Thomas gathered at Albemarle Square shopping center to show support for Hurt's candidacy.
Also in attendance: Some who didn't and who carried signs for Hurt's Dem opponent John Douglass.
That led to a battle of the signs in front of the cameras and podium as Hurt rallied the party faithful and reminded them of his economic message: "It's the spending, stupid."
John Flanagan was one of the Douglass sign carriers, and says he was there "to let Mr. Hurt know there are people who don't like him in Congress."
Declares Flanagan, "I was assaulted here today, pushed and shoved."
"These folks are welcome to come to our campaign events, and they won't be treated as rudely as we were today," says Scottsvillian Dolores Rogers, another Douglass sign carrier.
Some of the Republicans questioned the appropriateness of the Douglass sign carriers at the kick-off.
"The last time Republicans went on Democratic turf– Periello's– they were threatened with arrest for trespassing," says John Miska.
Hurt sign carrier Mary Ann Doucette pooh-poohs the notion that the Democrats were assaulted.
"It was rude of them to keep talking while Representative Hurt was talking," says Doucette, calling Rogers "very discourteous."
As for Hurt, he took the battle of the signs in stride. "I love it," he says. "We're always glad to have people show up... I take seriously all my constituents."Read more on: Robert Hurt