Perriello launches new PAC to help Democrats

(Richmond, Va.) (AP) — Former gubernatorial candidate and 5th District Congressman Tom Perriello is starting a new political action committee he says will help a new generation of progressive leaders.

Perriello said Thursday the New Virginia Way PAC’s first project will be to re-elect freshman Democratic state House members. Democrats harnessed voter antipathy of President Donald Trump to make major gains in the state House last year.

A former congressman and State Department official, Perriello mounted an unsuccessful insurgent campaign against now-Gov. Ralph Northam in last year’s Democratic primary.

Northam also has a PAC that will likely raise money to support Democratic candidates.

The next statehouse elections are set for 2019, when both House and Senate seats will be contested.