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Fimian raises more than $1 million for the quarter, hits Connolly in new ad

Ben Pershing

Oakton businessman Keith Fimian (R) raised more than $1 million in the third quarter of 2010, putting him in strong financial position for the last weeks of his campaign to unseat Rep. Gerald Connolly (D) in Virginia's 11th Congressional District.

Fimian had his best fundraising period of the cycle between July and September, and had more than $1 million in the bank as of Sept. 30, according to his campaign. Connolly had not yet released his own cash totals -- due to the Federal Election Commission today -- as of this posting, but Fimian's numbers suggest that the Republican will be prepared to match the incumbent on the airwaves between now and Nov. 2.

Connolly has spent more than $500,000 on expensive broadcast television time for an ad alleging that Fimian supports an unusual plan to give members of Congress a bonus if they can balance the budget. Now Fimian is up on cable TV in Northern Virginia with a negative ad of his own, accusing Connolly of a "disturbing pattern" of budgetary recklessness:

"It's a disturbing pattern," the ad's narrator begins, as grainy video is shown of Connolly smoking a cigar. "As supervisor, Gerry Connolly devastated the Fairfax County budget running up debt, risking our children's education and raising taxes. He even raised his own pay, twice. In Congress, Gerry Connolly is at it again. Voting for more reckless spending, higher taxes and more debt. He's looking out for himself, and costing us jobs. That's career politician Gerry Connolly."

Fimian and Connolly have been squabbling for months over the Democrat's stewardship of the Fairfax county budget when he ran the board of supervisors. Fimian has claimed that Connolly left the county in poor financial shape, but Connolly has said the county is legally prohibited from running a deficit and Fimian doesn't understand the way the budget works. Fimian is also betting that the "career politician" epithet will be effective in a change-oriented year, but Connolly has not run away from his record, arguing that he has been an effective public servant for many years while Fimian -- who founded the home inspection company U.S. Inspect -- sat on the sidelines.

By Ben Pershing  | October 15, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races, Ben Pershing, Election 2010, Gerald E. Connolly, Keith Fimian  
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Gerald is right the county budget must balance. However, in early September 2008 near the end of one of the fist debates between Connolly and Fimian in Prince William County and after listening to Mr. Fimian continuously talking about the over 1/2 billion dollar deficit he would be leaving the county with, Mr. Connolly gave a little chuckle and quipped that he wouldn't have to worry about it anyhow since he wouldn't be there. Even the Democrats in the audience gasped. Mr. Fimian warned of the danger of Gerald's fascination with deficit spending and sure enough he has crossed the river and voted to add a couple zeros for future generations to repay. This time Virginians will listen to Fimian. We can no longer afford Mr. Connolly.

Posted by: lleatwo | October 15, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Every citizen of Fairfax County knows very well that Gerry Connolly never met a tax he didn't love.

I'd like to see Gerry Connolly disclose why his DUI arrest was hidden when he was the Fairfax County Supervisor?

Posted by: priveye | October 20, 2010 4:42 AM | Report abuse

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