Tom Perriello represents a largely rural and conservative district in souhern Virginia- includes Danville and Martinsville, but also Charlottesville for the opposite end of the economic and political spectrum. First elected in 2008 while McCain carried the presidential vote in the district- From Howard Dean- :" I ran into Tom a few days before the final health care vote last week, and he is one impressive guy. The Daily Beast recently called him, "The Most Courageous Man in DC," and it's easy to see why. Five different tea party groups organized months of aggressive protests around his district in southern Virginia that Sen. McCain had carried, and corporate interest groups dumped $1 million in negative ads attacking him for his votes on energy and health care. Many in his own party say there is no way a guy from a district like his could support these reforms and still get re-elected; but Tom has no intention of backing down from his convictions, and neither do we. "