20th House District Democratic Party nominee Erik Curren signs a petition urging House Republicans to reconsider their vote on the stimulus unemployment monies.
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RESULTS, NOT ROADBLOCKS
"These hardworking families aren't looking for a handout. They're looking for a hand up. But what they got from the Republicans in the House of Delegates, including my opponent, Del. Chris Saxman, what these hardworking Virginia families got was the back of the hand. They were told to talk to the hand,"... Erik Curren, Democratic candidate, 20th HD
Harrisonburg - 4/23 - It was an unprecedented show of force by area Democrats from across western Virginia, as a band of new blue brothers gathered for a press conference highlighting the aggressive challenge they intend to bring to entrenched Republican incumbents, in previously considered "safe" districts. Apparently, not safe in 2009.
Six strong challengers laid out their case against Republican intransigence: 15th District Democratic nominee John Lesinsky, 20th District Democratic nominee Erik Curren, 24th District Democratic nominee, Jeff Price, 25th District Democratic candidates Greg Marrow and Jim Noel, and 26th District Democratic nominee Gene Hart, laid the wood to Valley Republicans for their rejection of $125 Million in Federal stimulus funding to be used in Virginia for the continuation of unemployment benefits during this historic economic downturn.
Well before the party primaries, the Democrats have come out swinging, giving a hint to the full-on battle ahead in the general election. They are pushing hard for citizens to stand up and display their displeasure with the Va. GOP, for their lack of support for Gov. Tim Kaine's effort to dampen the economic shock to the burgeoning rolls of the unemployed in the Commonwealth. The Republicans in this region of Virginia continue to protect big money special interests and the wealthy upper-class, and cynically use social wedge issues to bring the middle class, social conservatives to their side. This may be the year, that the struggling, hard-working middle class, the NASCAR fans, the huntin' and fishin' sportsmen, the just plain good country folk of rural Virginia start asking themselves, regarding Va. Republican elites,"Who's side are they on anyways?".
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