CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - Say what you want about President Barack Obama, but there is no doubt that the Commander- in- Chief can still bring in a crowd. At least 7000 are expected at the Charlottesville Pavilion to hear the president's message, and that message will be clear. Re-elect Tom Perriello to Congress.
While it is tough to turn down a visit from the most powerful man in the world, there is no doubt tom Perriello is taking a risk. A risk work taking according to supporter Ginger Bauler
"Well look at the line!" Bauler said pointing to people lined up 10 blocks behind her. "I don't see that there is no excitement, I've been working in the Perriello community and there is a ton of excitement there"
But Perriello's opponent, Republican Robert Hurt believes the event proves a point he has been making the entire campaign: Tom Perriello is a rock solid vote for the Obama agenda.
"I believe this is clearly payback for being a loyal foot soldier in the baa-Pelosi agenda," said Hurt.
Tea party supporters agree. They set up a counter rally not far from where the president will be speaking. The only problem is, while they don't much like Tom Perriello, they aren't thrilled about Robert Hurt.
"Senator hurt was not my first choice," said Mark Lloyd of the Lynchburg Tea Party. "But since then some time has passed the tea party has been very active and very engaged in that process."
Perriello is hoping this gamble will take off, and the national publicity and excitement the presidential visit will bring, will re-kindle the momentum he rode to a slim margin in 2008. Something we won't know until Tuesday.