Connolly Rallies Democratic Family
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.
January 23, 2008; 11:14 AM ET
Categories: Bill Turque , Election 2008/Congress , Gerald E. Connolly
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