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Views, Shouts Exchanged at Dueling Demonstrations

By: Ruth Showalter Email
By: Ruth Showalter Email

October 12, 2010

MoveOn.org demonstrators protested outside Republican Party headquarters in Albemarle County. They're unhappy with what they call secret contributions to congressional candidate Robert Hurt. Hurt supporters held a counter-protest that drew a far larger crowd.

Phil Justice, a local businessman, noted, "The reason we chose Robert Hurt's office is because he is receiving secret funding. As an American I am calling on him to denounce this money that's coming in."

Justice said his group's goal is to inform voters the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is contributing money from overseas to Hurt's campaign.

What started off as a rally against Robert Hurt, quickly turned into a shouting match between the liberal activists and the Hurt backers.

One Hurt supporter, Steven Peters, said "I am going to quote something I never thought I would quote before. The New York Times. The New York Times says it's a bunch of bunk!"

Eddie Giles, another Hurt supporter, added "I am really disappointed with the negativity that Mr. Hurt has been getting on his campaign here. I mean people are saying things...People on the opposite side are saying things and don't have truth to back it up."

There were about 150 Hurt supporters rallying at Albemarle Square and a dozen backers of the Move-On cause.

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