December 20, 2010
Congressman-elect Robert Hurt won the Fifth District seat over incumbent Tom Perriello in a close race that gained national attention.
However, his Election Day victory was came despite a weak following in the Charlottesville area. Perriello carried 80% of the vote in Charlottesville and 57% in Albemarle County.
"I just hope people understand that my representation of them has nothing to do with politics. It has everything to do with being a true voice for working hard and for delivering constituent services in a prompt, responsive and professional manner," said Hurt.
Hurt says he has made a few trips to Washington since November 2. "We go to Washington with the sense of urgency," he said, "certainly a sense of enormous challenges that we face as a country and trying to get our financial house in order."
The State Senator from Chatham says he will be focusing on finances following his appointment to the Financial Services Committee.
"This committee will have oversight over the banking industry and over the insurance industry, so it is my hope that we'll be able to adopt policies that will make it easier for the main street bank to help the main street business."
With 9.8% unemployment in the United States, Congressman-elect Hurt says his main goal will be promoting small business. He calls compromise on issues like the Bush Tax Cuts a clear sign of the November 2 "mandate".
"November 2nd was a loud voice and a loud message that was sent, but it's important to remember that the White House is still controlled by President Obama, of course, and the United States Senate is still controlled by the Democrats."
Hurt elaborated by saying compromise will be key in Washington and with constituents in left-leaning areas, like Charlottesville.
Part II of Carter's special series will air Tuesday at 5pm and focus on Congressman-elect Hurt's opinion on some of the key issues in Congress right now, including Health Care Reform, Don't Ask Don't Tell and the Bush Tax Cuts.