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Connolly ad: 'I've made both parties mad'

Ben Pershing

Rep. Gerald Connolly (D) is on the airwaves in Northern Virginia, emphasizing his pro-business record and his independence from his party.

Connolly's new spot, "Create," has been running since last week on cable stations in Prince William County -- the more conservative portion of the 11th Congressional District and the one where Connolly, the former chairman of the Fairfax board of supervisors, is less well-known.

The ad begins with Connolly stressing the need for the government to help create a good business climate, just as Northern Virginia has.

"In Congress, I've made both parties mad, voting against $269 billion in new spending that wasn't paid for, voting against the Wall Street bailout, and I don't believe we should be raising any taxes during a recession," Connolly says. "Building a good business climate demands responsibility."

Like many of his fellow freshman Democrats, Connolly is basing his claim to have voted "against the Wall Street bailout" on his January 2009 vote against releasing the second half of Troubled Asset Relief Program funds. Connolly was not yet in Congress when TARP was created in 2008, and at the time he said he would have voted for it.

On taxes, Connolly has broken with his party leadership by calling for an extension of all of President Bush's expiring tax cuts, including the ones for income over $250,000 that many Democrats want to let lapse. Connolly's 11th district has the highest median income of any congressional seat in the country.

Connolly's spot aims for two objectives -- emphasizing the importance of creating jobs and putting some distance between himself and relatively unpopular party leaders. Republican opponent Keith Fimian's campaign has sought to repel the latter strategy, arguing that Connolly is both less independent and more liberal than he claims.

By Ben Pershing  | September 27, 2010; 12:40 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races, Ben Pershing, Election 2010, Gerald E. Connolly, Keith Fimian  
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Well, Gerry may have "lightly annoyed" his Democratic Party over-bosses by opposing them on a few issues where a lot of Democrats felt the same way, especially as the election approaches.

But he has absolutely infuriated and energized 11th District Republicans and Independents with his votes for for ObamaCare, TARP and 97% of the things supported by Nancy Pelosi's liberals who are running Congress right now.

Can't wait for November 2!

Posted by: joeduffus | September 27, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

He has made both parties mad for the same reason - he's an embarrasment to Congress. Take, for example, his questioning of Fed chair Ben Bernanke. Absolutely atrocious.

Posted by: LloydtheIdiot | September 27, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Gerald has "broken" with his party only when it would not make a difference. There is one vote, more important than any other, that he has taken and would take again if given the chance, and that is for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. That's the one that is going to put him in the unemployment line along with the those who have lost their jobs due to the failed economic policies Gerald and this regime have put into place.

Posted by: lleatwo | September 27, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

If you love Speaker Nancy Pelosi, then vote for Gerry Connolly, and get more of the same since Connolly voted for her failed ideas 97% of the time. I see none of the independence that he speaks of!

If you are not happy with the way things are going with Speaker Pelosi, then vote for Keith Fimian, and see what a business owner can do with practical knowledge and experience in creating jobs.

Posted by: Bellringer1 | September 28, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, Gerry Connolly, your current reinventing of yourself as a fiscal conservative and a champion of the people won't fly. We know your lockstep votes with the economically clueless (to be kind about it) and the ideologically tyrannical "Progressive" Democrats, and we are having no more of it. Out you go, Gerry, and in you come, Keith Fimian, Conservative. Nov. 2, 2010.

Posted by: mirabeaulamarr | September 28, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Notwithstanding the tired and empty rhetoric of Fimian supporters, who are as devoid of details and as angry as their candidate, the facts show that Gerry Connolly has always had an independent, pro-business, pro-NoVA attitude about governing.

Because Connolly has split with his party and the Republicans over critical issues to represent the interests of his NoVA constituents, Fimian and his supporters are all in a lather and desperately trying to debunk Connolly's centrist views and votes.

They are anxiously trying to keep the debate away from Fimian's extremists views against women's reproductive rights, against contraception even for married women, and for gutting the safety net for seniors by supporting privatization of social security and a voucher system for Medicare.

I dare say even Ronald Reagan would have found Fimian too extreme.

Posted by: spatrickbe | September 29, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I honestly don't know how Connolly sleeps at night or looks at himself in the mirror...he is the consumate politician who plays word games with his record. He is way to liberal and dishonest to represent the 11th district.

I'm willing to give the business man a shot as he still has integrity to lose while Gerry has sacrificed his in the interst of his party rather than those he represents.

Posted by: FedUp8 | October 1, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

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