July 14, 2012
Ret. Gen. John Douglass pumped up fellow Democrats Saturday morning at the opening of his campaign office in Albemarle County.
"What we're seeing is much more people turning out for our events than the other side is seeing," Douglass said.
"It takes a long time to get a person's message out, particularly if they haven't run for office before," said Del. David Toscano, D-57th District. "John Douglass has a good story to tell, and we're out here trying to tell it."
Douglass told the crowd at the office, located at 1885 Seminole Trail, that donations are pouring into his campaign. He accused his challenger, Rep. Robert Hurt, of receiving his donations from political action committees and corporations.
"They can expect if they elect the other side people that are indebted to these big PACs and super PACs that have given them money," Douglass said.
The office is also home to the Albemarle County headquarters for President Barack Obama and U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine.
As for the House race, the election could shape up to be another close race, as in years past. Douglass acknowledged the 5th District is a major swing district.
In 2010, Hurt defeated one-term Democrat Tom Perriello by a relatively small margin. Hurt garnered just more than 50 percent of the vote to Perriello's 47 percent.
In 2008, Perriello narrowly defeated Republican and longtime incumbent Virgil Goode by about two-tenths of a percent, which translated to just 727 votes.
Douglass says it's his message that will help him take the election in 2012.
"People all are over the country are getting fired up, saying enough is enough," he said. "Stay out of our bedrooms. Get off the backs of our women. Let's get back to supporting families instead of corporations."
"We're going to have to have a lot of people on the ground, taking that message out door by door, phone by phone," Toscano said.
Douglass will be back in Charlottesville Monday to kick off his "Help Virginia Families" campaign.