Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.), perhaps the top Republican target in the House of Representatives, reported raising more than $660,000 in the second quarter of 2010 -- breaking his record from last quarter. Hailing from a traditionally conservative district, the Virginia Democrat has been routinely listed among the most endangered members in Congress. But instead of moderating his positions to appeal to Republican voters, the congressman has done the opposite, proudly casting a vote in favor of health care reform and cap and trade, as well as embracing rather than backing away from the stimulus.This is great news for Perriello, probably the hardest working man in Congress. It will be interesting to see where his Republican and Tea Party opponents stand.
Last month, Virginia State Senator Robert Hurt won the six-way GOP primary to face Perriello in the general election. And while the political landscape still is largely favorable for him, Perriello does have $1.7 million cash on hand to use for his reelection, out of the nearly $2.3 million he has raised so far.
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