Perriello today on NBC12 First at Four
Freshman Congressman Tom Perriello (D- 5) will join me today for an exclusive, live interview on NBC12 First at Four. You can see the interview streamed live on NBC12.com. Perriello will join me over the phone as he prepares for yet another lively town hall in his district on the subject of health care reform.
Perriello is as perfect an example over the fight over health care reform anywhere in the country. He is a Democrat, who represents a conservative district and is facing angry constituents on a regular basis, unhappy with many or all of the proposals being put forward in the democrat’s plan.
Perriello was swept into congress on the coattails of President Barack Obama and wasn’t declared the winner until several weeks after election day. He has already become the target of Republicans in Washington, hungry to get back seats in conservative leaning districts. How he responds to the health care debate, could play a big role in his re-election chances.
To his credit, Perriello has not shied away from the debate, or his position on many of these issues. He voted with his democratic house members on the controversial cap and trade legislation, much to the delight of liberal bloggers who played a big role in his electoral win. Health care is the next big fight and the idealistic representative seems to welcome the debate. He has not been afraid to hold town hall after town hall. His approach is much different from other Democratic members in conservative leaning districts, or either of the Commonwealth’s two Senators who have yet to hold face to face open town halls on health care.
The last time the Congressman and I spoke the situation was much different. He was with a group of his new colleagues at an event in Williamsburg that featured the very popular new president. Support for democrats and their core issues was very high. At the time, Perriello told me that he was willing to fight for what he believed in. Today we will see if that fortitude still exists, in the face of waning public support.
The interview will be live during our First at Four on NBC12 and it will be streamed live on NBC12.com.