Congressman Perriello has taken a clear leadership role - casting a difficult vote for the energy bill despite its potential political cost.
Asked about the possibility the vote could cost him re-election, he said:
“There’s got to be something more important than getting reelected,” Perriello said in an interview with POLITICO. “If I lose my seat, and that’s the worst that happens, I could live with that.”
But the 34-year-old believes Democrats will win this fight.
“This is a gift,” Perriello said of the vote. “For the first time in a generation, we have the chance to redefine our energy economy. …This is a great moment for us.”