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Hurst Endorses Connolly

Steve Fehr

Andrew Hurst, the 2006 Democratic Congressional nominee in the 11th District, has endorsed Gerald E. Connolly in the party's June 10 primary.

Hurst, who garnered 44 percent of the vote despite being heavily outspent by incumbent Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R) said in a statement today that with House Democrats in the majority, the party needed a candidate "with a proven record of legislative accomplishment and ability to work across party lines. We can set the agenda now, and we need people who can get that agenda done. In the Eleventh, Gerry Connolly is that person."

Connolly, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, is contending with former U.S. Rep. Leslie L. Byrne, Navy veteran and neighborhood activist Doug Denneny and Mount Vernon physical therapist Lori Alexander for the nomination.

Hurst said the district "would be well served by any of these fine candidates," but that with Davis retiring and Democrats poised to re-take the White House, it was "a time for leadership and statesmanship" that Connolly could best provide.

By Steve Fehr  |  February 21, 2008; 2:44 PM ET
Categories:  Bill Turque , Election 2008/Congress , Gerald E. Connolly , Leslie L. Byrne  
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