June 16, 2010
In a letter to the Rutherford Institute, U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello has declined to pressure his landlord to allow protesters in the parking lot of his constituent services office in Charlottesville.
The Rutherford Institute made the request to Perriello last week, asking him to support the efforts of protesters to demonstrate in the private parking lot in-front of the office he rents.
Perriello declined, saying "As the real engines of our economy, the small business owners who share this building with my office are the true distinguished tenants of the Glass Building, and they have a right to receive the private property benefits for which they have paid," in the letter.
Perriello added, though, that the protesters are welcome on the public sidewalk in front of the building, so long as they do not interfere with or disrupt the other tenants by stepping on the private property. He wrote that constituents are also welcome in his office to "express their views, regardless of ideology".
At around 4:30pm Wednesday, the Newsplex received an email from The Rutherford Institute with John Whitehead's response to Perriello attached. The letter, addressed to Perriello, clarified the Institute's standing, saying "we are merely encouraging you to exercise your right as a tenant to have an equal say alongside that of your neighbors and fellow Glass Building tenants when it comes to determining the policies of the Glass Building".
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