Virginia: Clyburn, Scott Slated to Headline Event for Nye

Posted June 16, 2008 at 5:34pm

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) will be in Norfolk today campaigning and hosting a fundraiser for the 2nd district campaign of Democrat Glenn Nye.

The House’s third-ranking Democrat will appear along with Rep. Bobby Scott (D) for a breakfast at the Town Point Club. Several local luminaries, including retired Navy officers, are serving as hosts.

Nye, a businessman and former foreign service officer, is hoping to knock off Rep. Thelma Drake (R) in the southeast Virginia 2nd district. Drake narrowly defeated Virginia Beach city official Phil Kellam (D) in the previous cycle, but state and national Democrats have high hopes for taking the seat this fall.

Goode Foe Spreading Good Word on Radio

For the first paid advertisement of his Congressional campaign to unseat 5th district Rep. Virgil Goode (R), attorney Tom Perriello (D) has released a bio ad that will run on Christian radio stations.

In the new ad, Perriello says he has attempted to answer God’s calling in his life through his work with various nonprofit groups. Then he says he wants to continue that effort by serving in Congress.

“I’m running for Congress in the community where I was born and raised because I believe we deserve leaders who will focus on right and wrong instead of right and left,” Perriello says.

“Tom’s faith is a big part of his motivation for running for Congress,’’ spokeswoman Jessica Barba said Monday. “This is our way of telling Tom’s story and where he came from.”

This isn’t the first time Perriello has made his faith a part of his campaign.

Last month, Perriello announced a new initiative in which his campaign would tithe 10 percent of all its volunteer hours to community service projects around the district.