Tom Perriello is a House Democrat who voted “Yes” in November for Obamacare. He has been slipping under the radar on vote-watch lists, including RealClearPolitics and FireDogLake. The Hill’s list has him as “Undecided,” with no supporting info. He is wavering, however, and needs some pressure. I am worried that by staying out the of the spotlight he may also be avoiding some needed attention from opponents of Obamacare.
Call him. Here is his number: (202) 225-4711
National Review claims that his office told a constituent that he’s considering voting against the bill:
Constituent of Tom Perriello’s in the VA-5th district here. He voted for the bill in November after supporting the Stupak amendment, but has promised several times that he will oppose any bill that allows for federal funding of abortion.I just got off the phone with his office who told me that he was still undecided and waiting on the final language. I reminded them of the abortion promise, and the staffer told me unequivocally that if the abortion language does not change he will oppose the bill. He also said that if the middle-class taxes that are a part of the senate bill are not changed, that would lead him to oppose the bill.That’s a switch from a yes vote to a no vote, and you should encourage your readers in the VA 5th district to call him and urge him to keep his promise.
Perriello is from a very conservative district (VA-5) that voted overwhelmingly for Bush both times. McCain won as well, although by not as much. Perriello, however, is a freshman, who only won by 727 votes! His November vote for the bill was received so poorly in his district that the local tea party seriously considered burning him in effigy (nice!).
Considering the above, if he votes for Obamacare he is toast come November. Period. He probably already is anyways. Nevertheless, he needs pressure NOW. Do not overlook him since he hasn’t received much attention on the vote-watch lists.
Call him, and tell everyone you know to call him, as well. His vote is easily gettable and is one that hadn’t appeared to be within reach until recently.
Again, his number is (202) 225-4711.