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Byrne Outraised Connolly in April, May

Tim Craig

In the heated race for the Democratic nomination in the 11th congressional district, former congresswoman Leslie L. Byrne out-raised Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly over the past two months.

Byrne and Connolly, widely regarded as the two front-runners for the Democratic nomination in the race to succeed retiring Rep Tom Davis (R-Va.), now both have roughly the same amount of money to spend during the final two weeks leading up to June 10 primary.

According to campaign finance reports, Byrne raised $182,000 between April 1 and May 21, and has $286,000 in the bank. Connolly, who had a significant cash-on-hand advantage over Byrne just two months ago, reported he raised $152,000 during the same time period. Connolly has $280,000 in the bank.

Joe Fox, Byrne's campaign manager, said in a statement the fund-raising reports prove "the momentum continues to favor Byrne in this race."

"We're raising more money, we've got the support of grassroots Democrats and the progressive netroots," said Fox said, noting Byrne also recently picked up endorsements from U.S. Reps. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA),. Sam Farr (D-CA), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) and Nydia Velazquez (D-NY). "It's clear that Leslie Byrne is the best choice for Democrats eager to win this seat back in November."

James Walkinshaw, Connolly's campaign manager, noted that Connolly picked endorsements on Thursday from The Fairfax Coalition of Police, the Fairfax Deputy Sheriff's Coalition and the International Union of Police Associations (IUPA).

"We are pretty confident the momentum is with us and we will be in good shape come June 10," Walkinshaw said.

Former Navy fighter pilot Douglas J. Denneny and physical therapist Lori P. Alexander are also seeking the Democratic nomination. Denneny has about $18,000 in the bank, but also reports $9,600 in debt, according to the Federal Election Commission. Alexander raised about $9,000, a third of which she still has left available to spend.

The winner of the Democratic primary will face Republican Keith S. Fimian, a successful businessman who has already put $300,000 of his own money into his campaign. Fimian had $740,000 on hand as of March 31.

By Tim Craig  |  May 30, 2008; 2:25 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Gerald E. Connolly , Leslie L. Byrne , Tim Craig  
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What happened to the hysterical cries about Connolly being the "money candidate" who sells his soul and dishes out contracts in exchange for raising barrells of money? That is what the Byrne campaign repeatedly says, isn't it?

Well, if Mrs. Byrne is as pure as snow, as she professes to be, where exactly is she getting all of this money?

Furthermore, why, if Connolly is controlled by war profiteers and big business, does he keep winning the endorsements of labor unions, environmental groups, and liberal-minded activists?

But I suppose that Byrne supporters don't worry much about that, as they have the comfort of knowing that, even if she loses (which she most assuredly will), she will run for something else next year.

Posted by: Indep. Voter | May 30, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Labor unions and war profiteers are often on the same side, both sucking at the same taxpayer tit

Posted by: Anonymous | May 30, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that the categories for this post include Connolly and Tim Craig, but not the actual subject: BYRNE.

Posted by: interns would do better | May 30, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Wait, Byrne has been sending out thousands of negative mailers to swiftboat Connolly.
But where are those expenditures reported by Byrne?

C'mon Tim. If you're a WaPo reporter worthy of the Watergate legacy, do a little research. Is Byrne holding back and cooking her books?

Posted by: Something's Not Right | May 30, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Connoly was on a swift boat? That fatty would sink it!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 31, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

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