"If this was meant to be a threat, and particularly if it was in any way politically motivated, I hope the cowards behind this will be caught and prosecuted to the full extent of the law," the statement said.The 5th District Tea Party denied all connection with the attack on Perriello's brother's family home. It should be noted that Robert Hurt is not the Tea Party's preferred candidate in the 5th, and recently Hurt refused to debate Periello and his Tea Party challenger Jeff Clark.
Perriello is no stranger to incidents of political intimidation.
In March, tea-party supporters posted what they thought was Perriello's Charlottesville address online so opponents could "drop by" and "express their thanks" for his vote in favor of health-care reform.
The address was actually his brother's and the following day a gas line to an outdoor grill on the porch was cut at the house. Local officials deemed the incident "a deliberate act of vandalism" that could have posed a danger.
Did one of Clark's disappointed supporters decide to seek revenge? Hopefully law enforcement will have more luck investigating this attack than they did in their investigation of the attack on Perriello's brother's home.
Read more at the Richmond Times Dispatch.