"Voters in Southwest Virginia are angry at how Boucher repeatedly puts Obama, Speaker Pelosi and their Washington special interest allies like radical environmentalists ahead of them." Amen to that, brutha. And we're sick and tired of being used and abused by this bunch.Griffith Statement on Survey USA Poll
Christiansburg, VA -- Statement from Congressional Candidate Morgan Griffith on the Survey USA Poll for the Ninth District race:
I'm thrilled with the poll results from SurveyUSA today. They confirm what I have always believed since I announced my candidacy: that Rick Boucher is in trouble, and this will be one of the most competitive and closest congressional races in the country.
After 28 years in Congress, SurveyUSA's poll says that barely more than 50% of likely voters would send Rick Boucher back for another term. When you have worked that long, and yet your support is just that limited, you're in trouble in your bid for re-election.
Rick Boucher knows it too. He is already on television, advertising months earlier than he has in any previous campaign. That is definitely not the sign of an incumbent who is confident his in re-election prospects. Clearly he has seen polling numbers that show the race is as close, if not closer than what was published today, confirming that this is a very, very competitive race.
I'm also extremely gratified with the support I am receiving. With next to no advertising so far, almost 40% of likely 9th Congressional District voters are so fed up with Rick Boucher that they want a change. Our grassroots campaign to reach out to voters from the Cumberland Gap to Covington is clearly having an impact and gaining momentum.
That momentum is only going to increase as voters give more and more focus to the contrast between Rick Boucher and me. Boucher represents everything most 9th District voters hate about Washington. He supported President Obama's massive spending plans that have left our country mired over $13 trillion in debt. He backed wasteful, failed stimulus programs, big bailouts for Wall Streets and the takeover of the auto industry, while Main Street got left behind. And Rick Boucher led efforts to pass Cap and Trade in the House, a bill that will raise gas prices, electricity bills and devastate Southwest Virginia's vital coal industry, throwing thousands of mineworkers out of jobs.
Rick Boucher is going to spend millions of dollars in the next few months to try and run from his record. His first spots are a blatant attempt to re-write history. His actions show he knows he's in trouble. Voters in Southwest Virginia are angry at how Boucher repeatedly puts Obama, Speaker Pelosi and their Washington special interest allies like radical environmentalists ahead of them. Our campaign is catching fire as people flock to my candidacy, which reflects their concerns and their values. This poll proves it.
We can't do much about Pelosi. But we sure as hell can solve the Boucher problem.
Between now and November 2 think about the claim that Boucher made the other day over in Clintwood. He's proud of the fact that your electric rates will go up - again - as a result of AEP being forced by his legislation to pay some farmer in Zimbabwe to plant trees in the jungle. What, you ask, does your electric bill have to do with planting trees in Africa? God knows. It's Washington-Think. It's that twisted environmentalism that we read so much about in the papers that has caught hold of the east and west coasts. And has obviously caught hold of Rick Boucher.
Here, again, is Boucher's boast:
"I had a major role in making sure that electric utilities could pay others to reduce emissions by, for example, planting trees, and take full credit for those emission reductions themselves."
Is he that detached from us common folk down here in Southwest Virginia?