The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza came out with his list of the best congressional campaigns of 2008, and in line with the increasingly popular Perriello bandwagon, we made the list. Although I have some squabbles with Cillizza's write-up (more later), I am glad that Tom, my fellow co-workers, and our volunteers are getting the national respect they deserve; we were part of something special.
On the same note, The Franklin News-Post considered Tom's victory over Rep. Goode the top story of 2008. For those out of district, this newspaper covers Goode's hometurf, Rocky Mount and Franklin County. Tom ended an era of Goode family politics, as Goode and his father each spent over 30 years apiece in local public office. According to the News-Post, the outcome "is considered one of the biggest upsets in Virginia politics in recent history."