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Connolly Rallies Democratic Family

Steve Fehr

By day, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D) confines his public pronouncements largely to the nuts and bolts of local government. Last night, however, evoked a little of the old time religion for the general membership meeting of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee.

Connolly used Martin Luther King's legacy to talk about the Democrats' historic obligation to address injustice. He paid tribute to his "Letter from Birmingham Jail" as well as his singularly courageous decisions to take the civil rights movement north to Chicago and to oppose the Vietnam War. He said he wanted to see the party use that same passion to oust the Republicans from the White House.

"I've never seen the Democratic family more energized," Connolly told the crowd at Holmes Middle School in Alexandria.

Connolly, who is exploring a run for the 11th Congressional District nomination, crossed paths only briefly with former Rep. Leslie Byrne, one of the two formally announced candidates in the race. Byrne worked the crowd before the meeting began but ducked out when the late-arriving Connolly began his talk.

By Steve Fehr  |  January 23, 2008; 11:14 AM ET
Categories:  Bill Turque , Election 2008/Congress , Gerald E. Connolly  
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The meeting was very well run by the new incoming FCDC Chair Scott Sourvell. His passionate take action speech and recollection of a Thanksgiving working meeting at Chairman Connolly's home about the future of FCDC set not only the tone of the meeting but also the tone of the committee for the next two years under. Cheers to hard work and total committment, Scott!

Posted by: Vienna Democrat | January 23, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Surovell heaped praise on Connolly for helping setting the agenda of FCDC's future with the several meetings of the magisterial chairs at Connolly's home over the past years. Surovell cedited Connolly for leadership as head of the party and helping the democratic party move forward with the open exchange of modernization concepts in the meetings, the very ideas Surovell wants to implement with FCDC. No wonder Byrne ducked out.

Connolly took the floor with warm applause and fired the troops up for the presidential primary asking the members to passionately support their candidates and and to remember the late ML King, Jr. as a model of making America better by fighting injustice.

After Surovell set up the crowd, Connolly hit the home run with his oratory skills. Connolly and Surovell are a great team. It is going to be a great year for democrats with these two working together.

Posted by: Vienna Dem is Right | January 24, 2008 7:25 AM | Report abuse

While the Republican Fairfax Committee is sliding the Fairfax Democrats are rising.

Great new year, great new leadership. On to Victory!

Posted by: totallynext | January 24, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

When I heard about the election of a new generation of leaders to our local Democratic Committee I was excited. This Surovell charactor sounds like he is going to take the Fairfax County Democrats to a new level. That is great news for the County and Virginia. It could be great news for the country if VA is the deciding state in the Presidential election. Regardless, Surovell's election is BAD NEWS for the Republicans!

Posted by: Fairfax Is Blue | January 24, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

"Connolly and Surovell are a great team."

And Surovell has endorsed Leslie Byrne. Could Scott have created a sticky situation for himself already?

Posted by: Let's See | January 24, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Democratic family? What a bunch of inbreds

Posted by: Anonymous | January 27, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

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