Andy Sere

The NRCC Goes Where Even Ken Cuccinelli Will Not

Today's Roanoke Times contains this rather stunning reaction from the NRCC to the serious threats made against Virginia Congressman Tom Perriello:

While his organization doesn't condone such behavior, National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Andy Sere said Perriello is not the victim.

"Central and Southside Virginians are the ones who are going to have the bear the burden of increased taxes," he said. "What you're seeing is a frustration among his constituents who believe he's not listening to them."

But we're not talking about folks letting off steam, we're talking about life and death:

The FBI and Albemarle County officials are investigating a severed gas line from a propane tank to a gas grill on the porch of the Ivy home of Bo Perriello, a day after Lynchburg Tea Party member Mike Troxel listed the address he believed was the congressman's on his personal blog, encouraging people to protest. According to The Associated Press, a threatening note also was sent to the house.

The article also contained these rather reasonable quotes from a familiar figure:

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who has a following in the Tea Party movement, called the posting of Perriello's brother's address "appalling."

"I think that is way over the line," he said. "I don't think it's close. It's an appalling approach. It's not civil discourse. It's an invitation to intimidation."

When the NRCC makes Cuccinelli look like a voice of reason, you know the GOP has gone off the deep end.