Rep. Perriello’s GOP foe cites Pelosi praise for cap-and-trade vote

Jessica Barba, a spokeswoman for Perriello, defended the congressman's vote for the sweeping climate and energy bill.

“What Robert HurtRobert HurtDemocrat defeats controversial chair of House Wall Street subpanel Republican groups launch final ad blitz in key House battlegrounds Armed protester stands outside Dem's office for 12 hours MORE doesn’t realize is that Virginians want leadership on this issue. They are not happy to sit on the sidelines while clean energy jobs are being created in China and India. Congressman Perriello understands that it is important to create these jobs here in Virginia,” she said.

Polls show Perriello is highly vulnerable in the upcoming midterm elections that are expected to yield major GOP gains.