Cap gun: GOP targets Perriello for energy vote
The so-called Cap and Trade Bill, officially known as the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which passed the House of Representatives Friday, June 26 (after an explosion of favors for recalcitrant legislators), has earned freshman Congressman Tom Perriello (D-Ivy) the distinction of being among just 14 lawmakers, according to pundit E.J. Dionne, targeted by the national Republican Party. And Perriello appears to be the only one garnering his own television ad.
"Tell him to stop voting with Nancy Pelosi and start voting for Virginians instead," says the anti-Perriello television commercial and a radio ad, both of which call the bill a "massive new tax."
At a Wednesday morning press conference on the Downtown Mall, the Democratic Perriello appeared undaunted– and unwilling to grant the argument that the bill will harm Virginians.
"Virginia wins," said Perriello. "I'm sick of going to the pump and sending my money to people who don't like us very much. I'm proud that our country has risen over special interests."
Standing under statues of James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe at the corner of City Hall, City Councilor David Brown amplified the theme.
"This is going to save money and create jobs," said Brown.
Besides thanking Perriello for this vote, the group– which included green energy businessperson Jason Ivey and Delegate David Toscano– was assembled to celebrate the release of a new report, "The High Cost of Fossil Fuels," by Environment Virginia, a Richmond-based eco-advocacy group.
The only question came from citizen Joe McCloskey who asked why Virginia hasn't offered any tax credits for alternative energy sources. Delegate Toscano responded that several such bills have been introduced in the General Assembly, only to get "bottled up" in the House of Delegates, which currently has a Republican majority.
After independent watchdog organization Factcheck.org blasted the ad for possibly overstating the financial impact of the bill on American families, Roanoke television station WDBJ declined to air the commercial.
–originally posted and 7:23am 0n July 1 and last updated 5:13pm Thursday, July 2