Endangered Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) said Wednesday that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has "certainly offered a lot of support" for his reelection bid.
The freshman lawmaker, whose name sits near the top of the GOP's list of Democratic targets in 2010, told a local newspaper that the DCCC has been "supportive" but said it's not support his campaign is relying on to win.
Perriello's comments came in response to a report in The New York Times over the weekend that suggested his Virginia congressional district was one national-party strategists are likely to pull its resources from ahead of November.
DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) pushed back quickly against the story, releasing a statement refuting the assertion that the committee was pulling its resources from select campaigns.
“The DCCC has been supportive. The DCCC certainly offered a lot of support,” Perriello told the Martinsville Bulletin.
But the congressman said ultimately he isn't concerned about the level of support coming from the national party, emphasizing, "The party support is there, but we're not relying on it."
Perriello's district is also one where the DCCC reserved television time ahead of November, but the committee has yet to run any ads there.
Republicans are convinced that Perriello's seat is ripe for the taking given the congressman's votes in favor of healthcare reform and the stimulus. Perriello, who won his first term in 2008 by just 727 votes, faces state Sen. Robert Hurt (R) in November.