There’s a horse race afoot in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. No less than seven candidates are vying to run against vulnerable freshman Democrat Tom Perriello.
Six of them because they feel that the GOP’s anointed nominee, State Senator Robert Hurt, lacks the fortitude to champion small government in Washington. Considering that in 2004 Hurt supported then-Governor Mark Warner’s largest tax increase in VA history, it’s hard to argue with their logic.
But of course anybody can go to Washington promising tax cuts; it takes a true constitutionalist to point out that the federal government itself is the problem.
The real question is: Where do these candidates stand on the 10th Amendment?
Fortunately, the Schilling Show, a talk radio program in central Virginia has asked that question of each prospective candidate and posted their responses on its website.
Here’s a sample.
If elected your Congressman I vow to do everything in my power to restore the proper Constitutional balance between the rights of the states and those of the federal government.
I am the only candidate who has signed a written pledge to uphold the 10th amendment. I challenge my opponents to do so as well if they want to take the amendment seriously.
The founders included the tenth amendment to help all of us understand where the power lies, powers that the Constitution did not impart on the government. It is clear and direct; it needs no interpretation, but it does need defending.
[A]s a member of the Virginia General Assembly, I have cosponsored legislation that seeks to challenge the authority of the federal government to enact an unconstitutional federal takeover of our healthcare system. If elected to Congress, I pledge that I will continue to fight to reduce the size and influence of the federal government and to restore this country’s founding principles.
They all sound pretty good. But voters in the June 8th primary election will have to decide who is serious and who is just playing politics.