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

Anita Kumar

If we had any doubts about who staunch conservatives were backing in the Republican primary in the 11th congressional district, we don't anymore.

Keith Fimian has picked up the endorsement of Jeff Frederick, the former chairman of the Virginia Republican Partywho was ousted last year despite strong support from social conservatives across the state.

The former state delegate is hosting his first event for Fimian on Friday night in Woodbridge, and Fimian's campaign is sending out a letter from Frederick in the coming days.

"Keith is a successful small businessman who has literally created hundreds of jobs -- just the kind of leader we need today,'' Frederick writes to supporters. "Plus, unlike others in this race, he is the opposite of a typical Washington Republican/politician -- which is exactly the kind of person we need representing us."

In an interview, Frederick praised Fimian -- who stood by Frederick during his prolonged fight to hold onto the chairmanship, a brutal battle that divided the party.

Fimian faces Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity in the June 8 primary. The winner will take on Rep. Gerry Connolly (D), who beat Fimian by 12 points to win the open seat in 2008.

Fimian also has been endorsed by another key conservative -- Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R). House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has endorsed Fimian, but that happened before Herrity got in the race. Herrity has more endorsements among elected officials in the 11th district.

By Anita Kumar  |  May 28, 2010; 6:01 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Gerald E. Connolly , Keith Fimian , Pat Herrity  
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This is great news for Pat Herrity. Frederick's endorsement is a curse.

Posted by: DCG65 | May 28, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Fimian's a much stronger campaigner. Even though both primary candidates are in agreement on the big issues of the campaign, I believe Fimian will do a better job of taking it to Connolly this Fall than Pat Herrity will. Both are terrific gentlemen and common sense conservatives.

Gerry Connolly is a disaster for our district and must go.

Posted by: joeduffus | May 30, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Fimian also has been endorsed by another key conservative -- Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R). House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has endorsed Fimian...

Well, with idiots like that, what could go wrong.

Posted by: mjcc1987 | May 31, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

this is old guys are just posting this now?


Posted by: joshstlouis | May 31, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I have personally listened to Keith Fimian speak in public forums and he has stated out loud (not in a cartoon bubble over his head) that illegal aliens should be allowed to stay here - it's ok...he just wants them to pay taxes. HUH??? People who are here illegally should just start paying taxes? Exactly which social security number would he like them to use??? And what's he going to around with a bullhorn through a sunroof and say 'Come out, Come out wherever you are?'?! How bizarre...his visage is pleasant enough, he has crafted the platitudes, but his rhetoric is vituprative, his background questionable and he does not have the political legs to win the race in November...he has treated a Primary race with a fellow Republican like a death match and that stench is one he will not be able shake win (hopefully not) or lose. Our County NEEDS Pat Herrity to win this Primary so we can end the long decline path for which Gerry Connolly needs to be held accountable in the November race.

Mr. Fimian - You have sullied yourself in a race which could have been respectable against a fellow Republican to get a Primary nomination - yuck.
You have lost perspective on the forest for the trees - the race is against Connolly, you numbnut!

How about Fimian's recent public comment when asked about his opinion of the hotly contested and much investigated potential closure of Clifton Elementary and the watershed effects of such a decision = "I am running for FEDERAL OFFICE and, as such, this issue really has nothing to do with a Congressional candidacy" (read, 'I don't know what the he** you are talking about, but let me shoot myself in the foot/mouth) "...but I know there are tough decisions and you may not always like what you hear from me, but I will tell the truth and some schools may just have to close whether you like it or not" (read - I am clueless that one of the major plans under consideration is to build a brand new elementary school on the grounds of Liberty MS and stick all of you taxpayers with the bill because that is the fiscally conservative thing to do - NOT.) Good grief, we can't afford this disconnected and disingenuous candidate.

Hey, Mr. Home Inspector = if a client's windows are leaking, they need new roof shingles or their heat pump needs service, do you advise them to just build a brand new house? Maybe they should just hire the illegals next to library to do it - or will they be employed by Fairfax County building the new elementary school on our dime?

Also, regarding the James City arrest/jailing of Fimian, under FOIA, don't we have the right to see arrest and jail record of someone running for public office?? Mr. "You may not like what I say, but I will always tell the truth" Fimian? I want this out - and no better reason to DEMAND ELECTION REFORM IN VA - no identification required, anyone can vote in primaries (hmmm - how about this bumper sticker? - Democrats for Fimian!).

I want my county, state and country back!

Posted by: FairfaxGOPr | June 2, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

It's certainly interesting that Jeff Frederick endorsed here especially in light of this article from the notlarrysabato blog.

Posted by: credoad | June 3, 2010 5:36 AM | Report abuse

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