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Chicken, Pork and Politics: Democrats Host Fundraiser for Perriello

August 28, 2010

Democrats gathered at Claudius Crozet Park in Crozet Saturday for chicken, pork and a side of politics.

It's the 22nd annual Albemarle County Democratic Barbecue. Hundreds of Democrats gathered to rally for U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello.

Bluegrass music welcomed hundreds of Democrats at the fundraiser, and many indulged in some homemade barbecue.

"We are confident, the food is great. Pork is falling off the bone," said Peter McIntosh, who handled the grill.

The event raised money for Perriello, who is facing Republican state Sen. Robert Hurt in November's midterm elections.

"They want someone who represents the people, and they know they've got that in me," Perriello said.

The grill is fired up with chicken, pork and brisket. Another who is fired up is Sen. Mark Warner, who gave the opening remarks.

"This is going to be a very tight election year in the 5th District for Congressman Tom Perriello's seat," Warner told CBS19. "I think he's been a strong voice in Congress, and I think these folks want to get out there and get charged up."

Those who attended know the importance of campaigning. Their message to everyone in this election is that every vote counts.

"Every election is pretty important," Perriello supporter Phyllis Olin said. "Even one vote can sometimes win an election or lose an election."

"These are a bunch of folks who feel very strongly about things, who are just out here, enjoying themselves, getting ready to go hit the doors and make phone calls and get tom reelected," said Valerie L'Herrou, chairwoman of the Albemarle County Democratic Committee.

Perriello is relying on his supporters as he faces a tough battle back to Washington.

"I hope they will consider voting for Perriello," Olin said. "He's done a great job. He is a very good congressman. I'd like to see him in for another two years."

"What people want are leaders who are going to step up and put solutions on the table," Perriello said. "They're sick of this approach of blaming the other side. They know I'm a solutions-oriented guy."

A day of good conversation and good food with a message of action from Tom Perriello.

Warner said Labor Day is the official kickoff of the November campaigns, and that he's happy to see Albemarle County Democrats getting a head start.

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