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New Fimian ad hits Herrity on taxes

With less than two weeks left until the June 8 primary, Oakton businessman Keith Fimian is on the air with a new ad attacking Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity in their fight for the Republican nomination in the 11th Congressional District.

Fimian, who is seeking a rematch with freshman Rep. Gerald Connolly (D) after losing to him by 12 points in 2008, has spent a good portion of the primary campaign criticizing Herrity for his record on the Board of Supervisors, particularly on tax issues. Fimian's latest spot -- his second television ad of the campaign -- continues that theme.

The spot shows Herrity declaring, "I have never voted to raise the taxes of the homeowners," and then looks to contradict that claim by noting that Herrity did vote to raise property tax rates last year by 13 percent. And the ad cites other instances where Herrity's votes resulted in higher taxes or fees.

With anti-incumbent sentiment running strong across the country, the ad seeks to emphasize the idea that "politician" Herrity is part of the problem, ending with the line: "Pat Herrity, a taxing politician who has trouble with the truth." The ad is scheduled to run for a week on cable and FIOS systems across the district, at a cost of about $45,000.

Herrity, for his part, has accused Fimian of deliberately distorting his record. Since property values in 2009 went down, many homeowners ended up paying less in taxes. And Herrity's campaign says Fimian is going negative in order to obscure his own ideological flip-flops.

Herrity hasn't necessarily run away from his status as the only elected official in the race. His own campaign ad, which went up last week with a much smaller buy, emphasized his "proven record" and pointed out that only he had actually voted to "cut spending and cut taxes."

By Ben Pershing  |  May 27, 2010; 3:28 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Ben Pershing , Gerald E. Connolly , Keith Fimian , Pat Herrity  
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