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Cuccinelli endorses Fimian in GOP race to face Connolly in Northern Virginia

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) is wading into the competitive Republican primary in the 11th congressional district, endorsing Keith Fimian as the best candidate to unseat Rep. Gerry Connolly (D).

Fimian is locked in an increasingly heated fight with Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity for the right to take on Connolly, who beat Fimian by 12 points to win the seat in 2008. Hoping for a rematch, Fimian has been looking to firm up his support on the right. Cuccinelli is admired by many conservative activists in the state.

"Keith is staking out the same conservative positions now as he did in 2008, and his steadfast support of the Constitution is an asset we could use on Capitol Hill," Cuccinelli said in a letter that was sent out by Fimian's campaign. "And unlike Gerry Connolly, Keith has shown that he will not change his tune to win votes. He will stand up to the Washington insiders and fight for what is right, no matter what."

Cuccinelli praised Fimian for being a "job creator" and for being "100% pro-life." His letter does not refer to Herrity, but he does say Republicans should "not return to the business-as-usual politics that lost us the majority in the first place." That squares with Fimian's strategy to run as an outsider in contrast with Herrity, who holds elected office and is the son of the late John Herrity, who served as a Fairfax Supervisor for 16 years.

"Ken is a guy that has a lot of experience here in Northern Virginia and has a lot of supporters here," Fimian said in a telephone interview Wednesday, adding that he believed the attorney general's support would carry some real weight with conservatives.

Cuccinelli's backing may give Fimian a boost, but Herrity has far more endorsements among elected officials in the 11th district. Some notable Virginia Republicans -- including Gov. Bob McDonnell and ex-Rep. Tom Davis -- have stayed neutral so far. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has endorsed Fimian, but that happened before Herrity got in the race.

The Virginia primary is June 8.

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By Ben Pershing  |  May 12, 2010; 2:50 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Ben Pershing , Gerald E. Connolly , Keith Fimian , Ken Cuccinelli , Pat Herrity  | Tags: Gerry Connolly, Keith Fimian, Ken Cuccinelli, Northern Virginia, Republican, Virginia  
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well if Cuccinelli endorses Fimian, thats enough of a reason for me not to vote for him.

Posted by: MarilynManson | May 12, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

An endorsement from KOO-KOO-NELI + the kiss of death to any candidate!

Posted by: lsf07 | May 12, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

An endorsement from KOO-KOO-NELI = the kiss of death to any candidate!

Posted by: lsf07 | May 12, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

If Cuccinelli endorses Fimian, that means he's an extreme far right total whack job.

Posted by: checkered1 | May 12, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Jeff Frederick also endorsed Fimian today. Cuccinelli and Frederick, is anyone really surprised here?

Posted by: tootsie3 | May 12, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

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