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Early Vienna voters a mixed bag for House candidates

Christopher Dean Hopkins

A steady flow of voters arrived at the Vienna Community Center in Vienna at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, just before the first light of dawn appeared in the bustling parking lot outside. Since opening at 6 a.m., a line of voters waiting outside the voting room fluctuated between 10 and 25 people, according to election officials at the site.

John Wysham, 54, of Vienna, said that he voted for Democratic incumbent Gerry Connolly in the closely watched congressional race between Connolly and Republican Keith Fimian in Virginia's 11th District. Wysham supported Connolly previously as well and said a key factor in his decision was "experience."

"To me, he is experienced," Wysham said. "I'm also very disappointed with the way the Republicans are campaigning, and their record over the last 10 years, especially under Bush."

Asked if he felt pleased with the Democratic party's performance overall, Wysham hesitated.

"Well ... I think that they will probably lose the house," he said.

For Dan Jackson, 36, of Vienna, the main issue in the race was fiscal responsibility, which led him to support Fimian, a certified public accountant.

"I feel like we need to stop spending money," Jackson said. He voted against Connolly in the previous election, he added.

Patrick Potter, 58, of Vienna, agreed.

"The economy and the overspending, to me that's the important thing," he said. He also supported Fimian.

But Anamaria Galvo of Vienna said that the need for fiscal responsibility is precisely what led her to vote for Connolly, who she felt stands against big spending.

"I think what he's doing is working," she said.

By Caitlin Gibson  | November 2, 2010; 7:46 AM ET
Categories:  Caitlin Gibson, Election 2010, Gerald E. Connolly, Keith Fimian  
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Someone needs to give Annamaria Galvo a lesson in what fiscal responsibility is--and it is NOT Gerry Connolly. Spending $3 trillion that you don't have is NOT responsible, Annamaria!

Posted by: lleatwo | November 2, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

The Post agrees with Annamaria Galvo. As the Post pointed out in its editorial, Connolly is "a fiscal moderate" who, like Tom Davis before him, is a "detail-oriented centrist" who "deserves reelection."

The Post wasn't kind to Fimian, calling him "politically-extreme and scantily informed."

Fimian's "magical budgetary math would explode the nation's already massive deficits and debt," the Post said.

The choice is clear today: Gerry Connolly for Congress.

Posted by: spatrickbe | November 2, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

With all due respect, Ms.Anamaria Galvo must not have been paying attention to Gerald Connolly as he was gleefully voting for the failed stimulus, Obamacare, etc. Ms. Anamaria Galvo is the uninformed party, contrary to WaPo's contention. As far as WaPo's preaching against Fimian, what is new from the United Church of Democrats Forever? This is totally expected and immediately discounted. I'm an Independent and I'm getting ready to go and vote for Keith Fimian.

Posted by: mirabeaulamarr | November 2, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

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