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Connolly and the "11th Congressional Arena"

Bill Turque

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D) sounded like he was test-marketing bumper sticker language at his swearing-in ceremony last night.
"Government that works. Results that matter," he said in his inaugural address. That catch-phrase followed a list of achievements straight from the stump speech he used in his resounding November re-election victory over Republican Gary H. Baise.
Conciliation and statesmanship are the usual fare at inaugural ceremonies. But Connolly, who wants to contend for the 11th District Congressional seat if incumbent Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R) retires, seemed to take special pains to soften partisan edges and craft a speech that reached out to Davis' moderate base. He invoked Theodore Roosevelt's "Man in the Arena" speech and departed from his prepared text to recognize Baise, who was in attendance, for a round of applause.
"None of us in public life has a corner on the truth," Connolly said. "In public life, dogma serves us poorly. We see it in the political gridlock in Richmond and in Washington.....Respect and humility offer a more productive model for debate in the arena."

By Bill Turque  |  December 13, 2007; 4:14 PM ET
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Comments

there should be a contest for the most boring "catch-phrase"

Posted by: Anonymous | December 13, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

The worst thing that could happen to the 11th District other than Tom Davis staying in office is the election of Gerry Connolly. The man is a corrupt narcissist. He and his circle of cronies should be run out of town.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 14, 2007 2:14 AM | Report abuse

Connolly was very statesmanlike in his inaugural address. It was an appropriate forum to talk about the successes of the Board of Supervisors and the recognition Fairfax County government has received.

Those critics on certain blogs who constantly harp at Connolly do so out of fear that he will throw his hat into the 11th congressional district primary. They know that if Connolly enters the race, he will quickly rise to the top based on his intellect, his experience, and his record of achievement.

Posted by: pragmatic politics | December 14, 2007 8:17 AM | Report abuse

"Those critics on certain blogs who constantly harp at Connolly do so out of fear that he will throw his hat into the 11th congressional district primary. They know that if Connolly enters the race, he will quickly rise to the top based on his intellect, his experience, and his record of achievement."

No we're afraid that we'll get Davis-Lite rather than someone who will actually reform 11th District politics.

Posted by: Fearful in Fairfax | December 14, 2007 10:04 AM | Report abuse

"No we're afraid that we'll get Davis-Lite rather than someone who will actually reform 11th District politics."

How does a Representative "reform" politics in their Congressional District?

They have no power to exercise within that District which could implement reform.

Posted by: NoVA | December 14, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

The comment above was meant to be with respect to "statutory power."

Posted by: NoVA | December 14, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Respect and hunilty? Please. He suffers from SMS. (Short man's syndrome=arrogantlittle know it all.)

Posted by: Anonymous | December 14, 2007 4:04 PM | Report abuse

But if were 6' 4" he'd be okay?

Posted by: Josephine | December 14, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Nah, then he'd just be a bully. I've found life goes by much easier if I lable someone. Think of it as personality short-hand.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 17, 2007 11:01 AM | Report abuse

yawn

Posted by: Anonymous | December 18, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

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