The Kitchen Table: Greenspring Village on the Governor's Race
This week's Kitchen Table takes us to Greenspring Village, a retirement community in Springfield and one of the most politically engaged communities in the state. Just about every candidate running for Fairfax County or statewide office makes at least one swing through this tree-lined 100-acre campus, and no wonder: turnout in last fall's election was 87 percent of its 1,945 registered voters (and just about everyone here is registered to vote).
So it's perhaps no surprise that Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D), a former chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors who knows these residents well, on Tuesday held a healthcare town hall meeting at Greenspring Village. (You can meet some of these residents in a video published on washingtonpost.com.)
Maybe it was because access to the gated community was restricted, as critics have alleged, or because the politically divided residents are used to politely tolerating one another's differing opinions. But the meeting of more than 400 residents and a few guests (and a lot of media) was a mostly civil affair, unlike the one Rep. Jim Moran (D) held just a few hours later in Reston.
After the 1:30 p.m. discussion, we talked to some of the residents about their views on the governor's race. Many rightly pointed out that it's August and that there's plenty of time to line up behind one candidate or the other. A larger number said they like Democrat R. Creigh Deeds over Republican Robert F. McDonnell, but that probably says more about the Democratic tilt of the community than it does about either candidate.
Neither man inspired much passion in the folks we interviewed, as you will see in the video.
On a side note, at least two of Connolly's past opponents were in attendence. Businessman Keith Fimian (R), who lost to Connolly last year but who plans to take another crack at his 11th District seat, spent about 20 minutes in the meeting hall and was among the first to ask a question. Mychele Brickner (R), who ran unsuccessfully against Connolly for Fairfax Board chairman in 2003, was reportedly among the protesters outside. Fimian also made an appearance at a "Tea Party" protest outside Connolly's office on Saturday.
August 27, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2010 , Gerald E. Connolly , James P. Moran Jr. , Robert F. McDonnell , Sandhya Somashekhar
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