This past weekend, while I was away, the Daily Progress had an article on potential challengers for Rep. Perriello. On the list, people we have talked about here (1, 2, 3, 4): Virgil Goode, Del. Rob Bell, State Sen. Robert Hurt, Cordel Faulk, and Bradley Rees, the only candidate actually in the race at this time. I am struck by the amount of deference Bell and Hurt are paying to Goode, who is still deciding on a run (1, 2). While I have heard of at least one other rumored candidate, this article provides the most comprehensive list of possible Perriello challengers to date.
On a somewhat related note, Perriello was on MSNBC today, and one of the anchors called Tom the "Republicans worst nightmare." He is also a "rising star" in the party, and he "speaks truth to power." Here's the clip:
Waldo, Lowell, and Jim White offer their thoughts.
Update: According to Swing State Project, the NRCC considers Perriello, along with fellow Virginia freshman Glenn Nye, one of their top-tier pick-up opportunities. While I have no illusions that Tom will skate to a re-election, I think there is an element of wishful thinking involved here.