Sen. Robert Hurt is courting the fringe right, Olympia Meola writes in today’s Times-Dispatch:
Some conservatives object to Hurt’s voting record—principally his support of a $1.4 billion tax increase pushed by former Gov. Mark R. Warner in 2004.
After he cast that vote, Hurt was among 19 Republican delegates and 15 Republican state senators featured in a “Virginia’s Least Wanted” poster issued by the Washington-based Americans for Tax Reform.
This month, Hurt went to Washington and attended a meeting of the anti-tax group.
“He basically made the case that this was not a vote he was comfortable with and that it wouldn’t happen again,“ Grover Norquist, head of the group, told CQ Politics.
Ain’t that a damned shame? Hurt’s reputation is as a reasonable, common-sense conservative. He’s a Republican, but he’s not angry about it. (He’s a Sorensen graduate.) A lot of his support comes from that reputation. It’s depressing to see him abandon his core principles for the sake of political gain, especially since the teabaggers aren’t going to buy it.