Monday, June 21, 2010

Where's Jeff?

Robert Hurt, the Republican nominee in Virginia's 5th congressional district, said he would debate the Democrat incumbent Tom Perriello and Jeff Clark, an independent. Hurt is now having second thoughts. From the Charlottesville Daily Progress:

According to a transcript of an audio recording of the interview conducted June 12, The Daily Progress asked Hurt if he is “going to be willing to debate Jeff Clark and Tom Perriello?” Hurt replied: “We need to work out all of the details, but debates are a very, very important part of elections and obviously we want to make ourselves available to all of the citizens who will be judging us and we’re committed to doing that but obviously we have the details to work out. We haven’t talked with the Perriello campaign — I don’t think — about what they’re interested in.”

The Daily Progress, again, asked: “But would you be willing to?” Hurt replied: “Absolutely.”

On Wednesday, Perriello’s campaign cited The Progress story and said Perriello agrees with his GOP challenger that Clark should be allowed to participate in the upcoming debates.

Hurt is widely regarded as the "establishment republican" candidate, winning the nomination over several hopefuls, some of whom billed themselves as constitutional conservatives. Jeff Clark, the independent, announced before the primary his intent to run as an independent conservative should Hurt win the Republican nomination.

Hurt voted for then-Governor (now U.S. Senator) Warner's $1,400,000,000 tax increase.

In this case, I agree with Congressman Perriello. If Clark is a legally qualified candidate, he should be included in the debate.

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