By Anne E. Kornblut and Ben Pershing
Washington Post staff writers
Tuesday, October 26, 2010; 1:50 PM
President Obama will campaign for Virginia Rep. Tom Perriello on Friday, holding an event in Charlottesville in the final stretch before the midterm elections, administration officials said Tuesday.
Perriello, a freshman Democrat with a reputation as a progressive, is a favorite of the Obama White House. This will be the first time Obama has held a rally for a solo House member, and Democratic officials hope it will boost Perriello's effort to turn out the first-time voters who backed him when Obama was at the top of the ticket in 2008.
Perriello is locked in a tight battle with Republican state Sen. Robert Hurt.
National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Andy SerÃ© responded, "For the better part of two years, Congressman Perriello has repeatedly sold out his constituents to support Barack Obama's job-killing agenda. Now - in conjunction with the seven liberal special interest groups currently airing ads on the congressman's behalf - here's his payoff."
SerÃ© said it was a reminder that Perriello is not working for his constituents, but "actually working for the president."