Let me tell you, I have a whole new - and profound - respect for WSLS (Roanoke) news anchor Jay Warren. He knows horse shit when he sees it, and he calls what he sees:
I touched on Perriello's goofy ad yesterday. In addition, I had made comment earlier that the last thing this rookie should be doing, if he wants to get reelected, is bring up the word j-o-b-s. Because his district has far fewer of them now than when he took office. With even fewer in the offing for the foreseeable future. The complete collapse of job opportunity in Southside is not something Perriello should be reminding people of. Yet there he is ...
Truth Tracker: Tom Perriello’s “working hard” ad
By Jay Warren, WSLS10 Anchor
Congressman Tom Perriello’s first ad of the campaign focuses on one of the biggest issues facing the country: jobs.
One of the opening lines shows him stepping in cow manure while saying, “I fought to add new jobs at dairy farms.”
It’s a funny take on how hard Perriello, a Democrat who is in jeopardy of losing his seat, says he’s working for his district.
In another segment, Perriello crawls on the floor of a school installing wire while saying, “We’ve added jobs bringing broadband internet to 120 public schools. Plus construct new park trails and protect jobs here in law enforcement.”
He ends covered in dirt with this line: “We’ve added construction jobs to rebuild bridges and weatherize homes.”
So, did Congressman Perriello actually fight for all of those things? Well, kind of.
I asked the campaign for verification and in every instance those jobs related back to his vote for one bill. It’s called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as the stimulus plan.
That plan did spend a lot of money, and the Perriello campaign can point to specific projects in our communities where it helped. They claim those projects include the STEP Agency in Franklin County for weatherization projects, the Smith River Trail System in Martinsville and Henry County, the Martinsville Landfill, and Vanderhyde Dairy in Chatham.
Still, there are big question marks about just how many real jobs the stimulus plan created, particularly compared to how much money was spent. In essence was it worth the price tag?
President Obama and his supporters claim the plan created hundreds of thousands of jobs, and kept us from falling into a depression. But, even with the stimulus unemployment still climbed to 10 percent nationwide. [link]
Now, even worse, Jay Warren calls the 5th District Democrat on his claim that he's worked himself to the bone to bring jobs to Southside and all Perriello can come back with is his support for the now-despised Obama stimulus plan that stimulated absolutely nothing other than government growth up in Washington D.C. That, in his aides' responses, is all his effort entailed.
This is rich.
If his opponent in November, Robert Hurt, has any talent and cunning, he'll hang Perriello's ad around his neck like a boat anchor. He might even use cuts from the ad: "Maybe Perriello should have spent less time wallowing in the sewer looking for jobs and more time creating conditions in America's marketplace such that business thrives once again in Southside. Two more years of such results as Perriello attained in his first two and we can turn the lights out when the last person leaves Danville and Martinsville."
Take it to him, Robert. Beat him upside the head with it. He asked for it.
As for Tom Perriello, I have some advice for him as well: Attack Virgil Goode. It worked last time. And it's really all the dude's got.
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Note: Candidate Sharron Angle knows how it's done.