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Fairfax Republicans Express Optimism

Sandhya Somashekhar

Not keen to be overshadowed by this week's dramatic, show-stealing Democratic primary, the Fairfax County Republican Committee issued a statement today praising what chairman Anthony Bedell called "the strongest top-to-bottom Republican ticket we have fielded in a very long time."

The party is fielding candidates in 15 out of the 16 House of Delegates seats in the county, compared with 6 out of 16 in 2007, the statement said. The county's Republicans have been energized by two strong showings in special elections in the Democratic-leaning county, including county Supervisor John Cook's win in the Braddock District in March, it continued.

They "proved that the GOP is still a viable party in Fairfax," the statement said.

UPDATE AND CORRECTION: As Fairfax County Democratic Chairman Scott Surovell noted in a follow-up release today, there are 17, not 16, House districts in Fairfax County. Fifteen of those races are contested this year.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  June 11, 2009; 3:08 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2009 , General Assembly 2009 , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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"Still viable," eh? Nice to see them with realistic goals for once.

Posted by: jimeh | June 11, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

First, I want to thank the democratic Chairman for editing our press release. Yep he got us. It had two typos. I am actually impressed he even took the time to read it. The FCDC used to ignore everything we did but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore.

Second, the FCDC Chairman seems a bit hot under the collar these days. The veracity of his negative attacks in the release is quite revealing. Clearly the Fairfax County Republican Committee is having an impact.

Third, the one fact that the democratic Chairman doesn't address in his release is that Republicans have out performed democrats in Fairfax in 2009 where it counts... at the ballot box.

The democratic Chairman can tout his stats, reference past election history, make wild accusations about voter suppression, and throw around money raising totals. But the reality is they nearly lost the Fairfax Board Chairman's race... winning by less than 1% in a race that many thought was going to be a blow out. Then one month later they lost a long held democratic Supervisor's seat in the County. Now they have deal with a strong GOP statewide ticket, defend 12 House seats in the County, and face a unified Republican Party.

The last six months haven't been good for the FCDC and they seem pretty upset about it.

Well I have even more bad news for the democratic Chairman... you better have your blood pressure checked because the next six months will be even better for Republicans and I really do worry about your health.

Anthony Bedell

Posted by: Tikkanen08 | June 11, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Nearly all of the Fairfax County Democrat elected officials and leaders endorsed Brian Moran, but they delivered less than 30% of the county vote to him on Tuesday.

Posted by: Yankeesfan1 | June 12, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

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