Hurt Passes Up Debate

Back in late November Mark Lloyd of the Lynchburg Tea Party spoke with State Senator Robert Hurt about the three planned tea party sponsored debates for the candidates running for the GOP congressional nomination. Well aware that the state legislature would be starting in mid January he wanted to make sure that the first debate to take place in Charlottesville would be scheduled at the Senator’s convenience. It was agreed that Friday evening January 22nd would work well for Hurt. Mark then contacted me and I was able to retain the use of Lane Auditorium for that night. All was set to go with the other candidates agreeing to participate in the debate.

Now with three weeks until the debate the Senator’s people now say that he will be unable to make this debate as well as the one two weeks later sponsored by the UVA’s Young Republicans. I cannot speak for the UVA group but we went out of our way to make sure that all could attend this January 22nd event and now Hurt will end up being a no show.

The only reason that I can see why the Senator has changed his mind is because of the heat he has been experiencing from the grassroots over his tax vote in 2004 along with his other questionable votes. I believe that Hurt has given up trying to win over the grassroots and because he was able to force a primary does not feel that he needs their support at this time. With five conservative candidates in the mix plus him he knows quite well that the grassroots vote could be split five ways with the moderates and crossover Democrat votes going to him. He most probably believes that this splitting of the vote will give him the small percentage he needs to win.

If Hurt does win the primary I hope the people who make up the grassroots will remember his snub. I am not saying that you should vote for Perriello over Hurt but maybe you may want to stay home instead of knocking on doors. Let Hurt have his people do the grassroots work, after all we are not worthy.


4 Responses to “Hurt Passes Up Debate”

  1. Agent 86 Says:

    Yeah, that’s what I was thinking. If he continues to snub the Tea Party folks then no money or work from me if he wins the primary. It’s early though, he may change his ways.

  2. Clay Ramsay Says:

    Take a look at Hurt’s campaign website ( As of January 11th, this site alone should disqualify him for office. It consists of two pages. One with photos of Sen. Hurt and his family, and one with his very short bio. That is it! Not one word about issues. Nothing about his record in the House or Senate. Not a word about why he want to serve in Congress, or why anyone should vote for him. This is either an indication of extreme arrogance, imbecility, or fear. Does he think we are too stupid to care about the issues? Too lazy to inform ourselves? Or does he not care or understand issues himself? Or is he afraid to take a position? Afraid to explain his past positions?

    I will work for and vote for any other candidate who wins the nomination, but I will not vote for Hurt under any circumstances. If we are going to have liberal policies, I would rather Periello and the Democrats be responsible.

    Candidate Mike McPadden has called for a Conservative Pre-Primary Convention to select ONE conservative to oppose the liberal Hurt. I urge voters to contact candidates to get them to endorse this idea. The only way to avoid a NY 23 disaster is for conservatives and libertarians to work together.

  3. red commonwealth Says:

    Speaking of Hurt’s “website”…

    As of two days ago (the 19th), he listed his experience on the “ABOUT” page as a “Federal prosecutor.” Today, that’s been changed to “Uber Super Duper Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney” or some such important soudning title. Desperate much?

  4. CardinalCrossing Says:

    Great Debate last night, I did see a likeness of Bob Hurt at the debate! If you were not at the Debate; someone setup a cardboard suit & tie in a empty chair with his face. It wasn’t fair he wouldn’t answer any of the questions. LOL

    Now that I’ve seen all the Candidates but Mr. Hurt, it appears that each one of them would be a better Representative than Tom Perreillo. It was Mr. Hurt’s loss not to have been there!

    It was nearly a full house of folks listening to each Candidate and giving feedback with applause to key points they liked. I hope more folks come out to the next debate and listen first hand to each of the Candidates.

    Virgil Goode was there with his lovely wife. He advised a reporter that any of the Candidates at the debate would make a better representative than Tom Perreillo. That information couldn’t have come from a better person in the 5th District IMHO!

    Congratulations Jefferson Area TP and the Lynchburg TP for all the work you did to make this first Debate a huge success!

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