In a desperate attempt to distract voters from the truth, State Senator Robert Hurt has
sent out an attack on Jim McKelvey’s campaign literature which explained to the voters
in the Fifth Congressional District how Robert Hurt’s record is similar to our current
Congressman Tom Perriello.
FACT Robert Hurt is a lawyer. So is Tom Perriello.
FACT Jim McKelvey is a businessman. As a successful local businessman, Jim actively
supports local small businesses that hire local people that provide our community
with economic opportunities.
FACT Robert Hurt voted with the Democrats for the largest tax increase ($1.6 Billion) in
Virginia’s history, when our Republican statewide ticket of Robert McDonnell,
Bill Bolling, and Ken Cuccinelli voted AGAINST this tax increase (HB 3202, 2004).
FACT Robert Hurt has not come out in favor of the Fair Tax after repeated questions during
numerous 5th District Congressional debates.
FACT Robert Hurt does not support term limits. He is a ten year career politician.
FACT Robert Hurt voted to give rights and benefits to same-sex couples that include
insurance benefits for homosexual couples. This bill is praised by all national
pro-homosexual groups. (SB 945, 2009).
FACT Robert Hurt supports prohibiting law enforcement officers when investigating a crime
to ask persons if they are an illegal alien. (SB 462, 2010).
Another Robert Hurt attack piece mailed by him insinuates that Jim McKelvey is in favor of a
Fifth District tax district. Nothing can be further from the truth.
FACT As a local lakefront developer, Jim McKelvey personally contributed $1,000 to the
maintenance of a clean Smith Mountain Lake, not a Fifth Congressional District Tax as Senator
Hurt’s literature falsely states.
Jim supported a private “surcharge on property that directly benefits from the lake is
reasonable to pay for cleanup and removal of weed, waste and water quality because of state
McKelvey stated in the Roanoke Times that with the value of lakefront property continuing to
climb, “we are making money off this lake. We should all participate in the maintenance of it. A
surcharge on property that directly benefits from the lake is reasonable and more viable than
relying on donations.”
Because of Jim’s efforts, he along with other lake residents, were able to convince Appalachian
Power (AEP) that it was the company’s responsibility to maintain the water quality of Smith
Mountain Lake, thereby relieving the tax payer of any financial burden.
Despite Robert Hurt’s attempt to claim that he is one of us, he continues to rely upon his
Richmond, Washington, D.C. and out-of-state political and media consultants.
FACT According to the latest Federal Election Commission Finance Reports, State Senator
Robert Hurt has more political consultants and paid staff than all the other six
Advancing Strategies LLC – Consulting Fees – $44,000
Holtzman Vogel PLLC - Legal Fees - $ 9,500
Forest Consulting - Accounting Fees - $10,150
Public Opinion Strategies – Polling Fees - $15,000
Scott Howell Media (Dallas, TX) - Media Fees - $72,869
Bennedetti & Farris - Fundraising Fees - $49,125
Jackson-Alvarez Group - Research Fees – $13,487
It is clear, when one views the facts, that Robert Hurt is running away from a record that
he simply cannot defend. Despite Robert Hurt claims that the McKelvey campaign is
“desperate” or is “running negative and false attacks”, the facts are the facts.
Jim McKelvey stated: “I’m sorry Robert, the Truth Hurts.”