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First ad for Fimian plays with Connolly quote

Rosalind Helderman

At first, we were flattered to see that Fairfax Republican Congressional candidate Keith Fimian used a quote from this blog in the very first radio ad of his campaign against U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D).

But when we looked a little closer, we were less amused.

The ad works on a pig theme and accuses Connolly of going after earmarks at a time when the national debt is rising. Pretty standard political stuff.

But then, the radio narrator tells you this: "Gerry Connolly says, quote, 'I want to be there with all four paws and snout in the trough.' "

Connolly did indeed utter that quote during a July conference call with reporters about Republicans and the stimulus package. We put the quote on this blog.

But was he talking about himself? Nope.

He was making a point about Republican Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who he accused of touting dollars for his district after campaigning against the stimulus plan. Here was the full quote from Connolly:

"You can't have it both ways. You can't on the national stage say this is a bad bill ... but when it comes to my district I want a big chunk of that money. I want to be there with all four paws and snout in the trough."

Tim Edson with the Fimian campaign responds in a statement that the pigs/snout quote "clearly characterizes [Connolly's] views on earmarks" and cites 57 earmark requests listed on Connolly's Web site totaling more than $3 billion. "His actions speak loudly, and given his long list of earmark requests, it is clear that Connolly wants all four paws and snout in the trough. His record and his words are clear," Edson said.

His record? We've got a long campaign ahead for the two sides to debate that issue (although first Fimian will have to get past Pat Herrity in a June Republican primary). But Connolly's words? Not so much.


By Rosalind Helderman  |  March 17, 2010; 12:07 PM ET
Categories:  Gerald E. Connolly , Keith Fimian , Pat Herrity , Rosalind Helderman  
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Comments

Connolly destroyed Fairfax with his spending and now he is out to destroy the U.S. Regardless of to whom he was referring to with the pig/trough statement, it was a stupid statement. Statements like that deserve to be exploited. And frankly, my dear, the dems are not innocent bystanders when it comes to misquoting or twisting words. Find it kind of comical how indignant the left gets when they are forced to play their own game.

Posted by: basswhole | March 22, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

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