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Rep. Connolly to slug to work

Northern Virginia U.S. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly plans to play the part of a slug on Friday.

The Democrat who is running for reelection to represent the 11th District says he plans to begin his day at 7:30 a.m. in the new Tackett's Mill commuter lot. He will take his place in the slug line and catch a ride into Rosslyn, where he'll switch to Metro and ride the rails to Capitol Hill and the Cannon House Office Building.

Connolly, a former Fairfax County commissioner, plans to spend two weeks in slug lines, and riding commuter trains and buses to underscore his record of involvement with transportation.

"I learned early in my career that it is important to have a dialogue with those who are most affected by our region's dubious distinctions of having some of the worst traffic congestion in the nation," Connolly said. "Over the years, my constituents have provided me with many good ideas from their first-hand perspectives on our transportation needs."

Connolly said he plans to ride Metro's Orange and Blue lines from Fairfax County into the District; commute on Virginia Railway Express from Prince William County; join slug lines in Prince William and Fairfax counties; take a Potomac & Rappahannock Transportation Commission commuter bus from Prince William; and drive what is called the longest commute in America from Bristow along Linton Hall Road into D.C.

-- Ashley Halsey III

By Michael Bolden  | August 19, 2010; 6:19 PM ET
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Northern Virginia  
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Comments

Gerry won't have to worry about that too much longer. Even Fairfax County has the blues and the boos for the Blues.

Posted by: Calabrese99 | August 20, 2010 3:20 AM | Report abuse

Connelly is a buck toothed crook. Get him outta here..

Posted by: wewintheylose | August 20, 2010 4:44 AM | Report abuse

We can only hope Gerry is in the unemployment line after the election.

Posted by: Va029 | August 20, 2010 7:12 AM | Report abuse

What a useless stunt. He is suddenly vote worthy because he gets in a slug line? The man is all about self-entitlement.

Posted by: gth1 | August 20, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Oh, wow, a whole TWO WEEKS of commuting! (How much do you want to bet he doesn't make it the entire two weeks?) Are we supposed to be impressed by this? I commuted on Metro for almost 25 years before I gave up on it. Consider me underwhelmed.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | August 20, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Great, another fattie trying to jam himself onto one of the most crowded sections of the Metro system.

I'd rather see himself get on at Dunn Loring and stand all the way to Capitol South, but he'll probably make some old lady get out of the handicapped seats for him.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 20, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

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