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Fairfax Dems Say Baise's Gloom, Doom Won't Sell editors

Both camps in the Fairfax County Chairman's race expressed satisfaction with their candidate's showing at Tuesday afternoon's Chamber of Commerce debate. Democratic incumbent Gerry Connolly and Republican attorney Gary Baise took questions for about an hour from a panel of reporters at the Westin Tysons.

"I thought Baise was all swagger and not much substance," said George Burke, communications director for the Fairfax County Democratic Committee. "I didn't hear a lot of concrete proposals other than as a private citizen he'd do it differently." Burke said that Baise's core message-- that the quality of life in the county had deteriorated under Connolly's watch--was not going to resonate with voters. He did allow, however, that Baise's extensive experience as a trial lawyer was evident in the poise and ease of his presentation.

Fairfax Republican Chairman James Hyland said it was a win. "I thought he did fantastic. He proved he was a very credible alternative to Gerry Connolly, and that's what we needed today."

While Baise was all business, Connolly brought some of his humor and barbed wit to the podium. When Baise mentioned that he knew many farmers who relied on immigrant workers, Connolly noted dryly: "We don't need a Bracero program here in Fairfax County."

In fending off questions about his interest in running for Congress next year should a Northern Virginia seat open up, Connolly said the queries were unfair because other candidates have not had to deal with them. When a panelist pointed out that George W. Bush was asked about his plans for the presidency when he ran for re-election as Texas governor in 1998, Connolly replied: "I wish he'd given a different a different answer."

By editors  |  September 19, 2007; 12:05 PM ET
Categories:  Bill Turque , Fairfax County Board of Supervisors  
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It is amazing, just amazing.

Connolly & Co. doubled our property taxes and no one even noticed.

Fairfax County must be filthy rich.

Posted by: Connolly and taxes | September 22, 2007 8:11 PM | Report abuse

We HAVE to crack down on illegal immigration. I've lived here for 15 years and what a decline in my quality of life.

Poor illegal Hispanics lining the roads and 7-11's looking for work like prostitutes. They can't afford to live here so they crowd into houses - with 10 cars on the street and front lawn. Huge amounts of trash.

Along Columbia Pike (near the bike path that I ride) it used to be beautiful. Now there's trash and poor illegal Hispanics passed out along the bike path, hanging in the streets. Look at the Fairfax County Police releases. You'll find weekly incidents right there around Bailey's Crossroads of Hispanics attacking, battering, and raping people. This was NOT happening a few years ago.

It's just a BIG mess. They come here because getting paid $250/week and living 20 to a house is much better than life at home. Free school for their kids. Food stamps (for their American born children). Great infrastructure.

The problem is that if you're one of the unlucky ones living in or near where the new "poverty zones" have been established (and spreading), life is like Tijuana.

What do you expect - we've got third world people on third world wages now living among us. It's expanding and will continue to expand. Life here is better - even if you don't have a job.

Fairfax needs to address this problem. I've considered moving out primarily because I'm getting tired of the 3rd world-like conditions spreading - AND not knowing when it will end or how bad it will get.

Posted by: Becky Lewis | September 30, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse

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