NoVa airwaves thick with ads from 11th district race
Updated 12:50 p.m.
If voters in Northern Virginia didn't know before that a heated race is underway between Rep. Gerald Connolly (D) and Oakton businessman Keith Fimian (R), they surely do now -- unless they don't own a television.
Well over $1 million worth of ads are currently coursing through the airwaves in the 11th district, which includes parts of Fairfax and Prince William Counties. At least four different spots are running, all of them negative. Connolly and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee are both on the air attacking Fimian, while Fimian and the American Action Network are firing back at Connolly. Some spots are just on local cable stations, and some are on broadcast television throughout the Washington, D.C. market.
AAN made the biggest buy -- the conservative group reported to the Federal Election Commission last week that it had spent $850,000 to run ads against Connolly. The group's spot, showing children struggling to carry heavy backpacks, says the Democrat "loaded our kids up" with huge amounts of spending and debt.
The DCCC is also getting in on the act. It has now spent close to $350,000 on the race, some of it on ads and some of it on anti-Fimian direct mail. The committee's current spot attacks Fimian for his business record, accusing him of lying about how he built his company -- U.S. Inspect -- and facing lawsuits and tax liens:
For his part, Connolly has already spent at least $500,000 on broadcast ads. He has run a negative ad slamming Fimian for allegedly supporting an unusual bonus system for members of Congress who balance the budget. Now Connolly has a new spot on the air attacking Fimian for opposition to abortion and embryonic stem cell research:
| October 21, 2010; 10:05 AM ET
Categories: 2010 Virginia Congressional Races, Ben Pershing, Election 2010, Gerald E. Connolly, Keith Fimian
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