Is that the Tea Party getting into the world of political web ads? No, its just the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee doing it for them with a new ad reminding Republicans that they think -- or thought -- that Republican Robert Hurt, who recently won a chance to face off against Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) in the state's 5th Congressional District, isn't conservative enough.
On Thursday, the Tea Party chose to respond to recent news of Hurt's primary victory with silence, announcing that they would not endorse any candidate in the race.
Even though the Tea Party might not officially be giving their support to Hurt, National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Ken Spain has pointed out that even Hurt's more conservative primary opponents are getting behind him.
Now, the DCCC has cut a new web video that seeks to emphasize conservatives' own anti-Hurt words. The spot repeatedly hammers quotes from Hurt's primary challengers, as well as from other Tea Partiers, that portray Hurt as a "career politician" and "lapdog for the Republican party."
DCCC spokesman Jesse Ferguson explained the video:
"While 5th district Republicans make the decision whether to follow party bosses or follow their ideology in the general election, Democrats are reminding them of their own words." Other Democrats have likened the action to "throwing gasoline on the internal GOP strife in the district."
On Thursday, Hurt's path to Congress hit another roadblock when Jeffrey A. Clark, a Virginia businessman, filed to run as an independent third-party candidate for the seat.