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