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Pro- and anti-Fimian ads on the NoVa airwaves

Ben Pershing

Oakton businessman Keith Fimian (R) is on the air with a mostly positive ad in his race to unseat Rep. Gerald Connolly (D), just as Democrats attack Fimian with a spot of their own.

Fimian is up on cable in the 11th district, which includes portions of Fairfax and Prince William countries, with an ad his campaign originally aired in April. The spot focuses on his pledge to help fix the economy and create jobs:


'The budget's a mess -- spending, taxes and debt are skyrocketing," a narrator warns, over photos of Connolly and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). "They're bankrupting America, and leaving our children the bill." Then Fimian appears, blaming "career politicians" for the current situation and vowing to cut spending, "get the economy moving and put people back to work."

As Fimian, who lost to Connolly by 12 points in 2008, continues introducing himself to voters, Democrats are hoping to define the Republican differently. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is up with an ad calling Fimian "too extreme" for the moderate 11th district:

The ad shows women complaining about Fimian's opposition to abortion, including in instances of rape or incest or to protect the health of the mother, and accusing the Republican of having "scary" and "disturbing" views. The tactic is similar to the one used by the DCCC in 2008, when the committee focused its attacks on Fimian's social views while he sought to emphasize economic issues.

By Ben Pershing  | October 6, 2010; 5:30 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races, Election 2010, Gerald E. Connolly, Keith Fimian  
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Comments

Candidates of good faith with positive intents and a view toward solving problems run on issues. Candidates who have no issues or whose issues and intents are not popular with their constituents trash their opponent. The assumption of the Connolly ad is that the issue foremost on voters minds is the unlimited "right" to an abortion. Mr. Fimian knows better and he is the only candidate in this race who has any experience creating jobs and any ideas for dealing with our current economic troubles.

Posted by: lleatwo | October 6, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Keith Fimian's ad is definitely more relevant than the DCCC's mud-slinger. Abortion is NOT what voters in my district are worried about this year. Even Connolly knows this, which is why he's suddenly, desperately trying to rehabilitate himself into a fiscal conservative. FAIL!

It's the economy. And Connolly is seen as part of the problem. Fimian, as part of the solution.

Posted by: joeduffus | October 6, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

At this critical time, we need someone in Congress who can actually help in creating new jobs. The government cannot create jobs except by taking tax dollars from people to give to other people.

Vote for Keith Fimian to get someone who has experience with running a successful business.

Connolly wants us to believe that he is an "independent voice" in DC, but he voted with Nancy Pelosi 97% of the time. So much for independence!

Posted by: Bellringer1 | October 7, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

At this critical time, we need someone in Congress who can actually help in creating new jobs. The government cannot create jobs except by taking tax dollars from people to give to other people.

Vote for Keith Fimian to get someone who has experience with running a successful business.

Connolly wants us to believe that he is an "independent voice" in DC, but he voted with Nancy Pelosi 97% of the time. So much for independence!

Posted by: Bellringer1 | October 7, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

It's time to dump the professional lying politicians like Gerry Connolly...He's too extreme for the people of the 11th district and puts party over constituents!

Posted by: FedUp8 | October 7, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Democrat go-along to get-along (with Obama, Pelosi, and Reid) man Gerry Connolly is so out of ammunition that he has to resort to tired and discredited falsehoods about Keith Fimian's views on "women's issues." Sorry, Gerry – this year the national issues are "women's issues" And you have performed miserably on the national stage, as your dismal, disastrous voting record shows. We now want you out and Keith Fimian in for VA-11 representative.

Posted by: mirabeaulamarr | October 7, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Connolly is so desperate that now, not only is he lying about his own record, he is telling vicious lies about Keith Fimian. Connolly just thinks women can be manipulated into voting for him by portraying Fimian as anti-woman. Nothing could be further from the truth. On November 2nd women will show Connolly that they are more sophisticated then he gives them credit for. They will reject Connolly’s fear tactics and Vote NO for Connolly and YES for Keith Fimian!

Posted by: alitip | October 7, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Connolly voted “Yes” on the $787 Billion Stimulus bill and the $900 Billion Health Care Reform bill. These two bills increased the deficit over fourfold – from $458 Billion in FY2008 (the last year of Bush’s budget) to $1,841.2 Billion in FY2009, the first year of the Obama budget. Now he claims to be interested in “taming federal spending”.

Connolly backed the House Budget Committee Chairman, Rep. John Spratt, to avoid passing a FY2011 Budget, a first since the Congressional Budget Act was adopted in 1974. (This is the same Mr. Spratt who in 2006 stated, “If you can’t budget, you can’t govern.”) Mr. Connolly explained to the LA Times: “I’m not going to vote for anything with that magnitude [of deficit]” even though the deficit is one he helped create! Mr. Connolly’s statement confirms the beliefs of many the reason no budget was passed is to obscure from public view the real massive deficit forecasts.

Connolly supports the President’s three-year spending freeze to save $250 Billion over the next decade. This freeze amounts to less than 1% (6/10 of 1%) per year for 10 years. Is this the type of drastic “taming federal spending” we can anticipate should Gerry be reelected?

Posted by: rebel8 | October 7, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Keith Fimian is an extremist who wants to deny women basic rights they fought hard over decades to win.

He is hiding from his record of opposing abortion, even when rape or the mother's life is involved.

He is running away from his support of plans to ruin Social Security by privatizing it and turning the money over to Wall Street moneymen.

Now he wants a $250,000 bonus for himself and every congressman to vote to balance the budget.

This guy proudly proclaims his support for his Tea Party and corporate handlers. He has no idea on how to improve the economy or promote business in Northern Virginia.

Posted by: spatrickbe | October 7, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Calling Gerry Connolly a "Tax Cutting Democrat" is like saying Marion Barry is an DEA Agent.

Posted by: priveye | October 11, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

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