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Jill Biden headlines get-out-the-vote effort for Connolly

Anita Kumar

Vice President Joe Biden's wife, Jill, will launch a get-out-the-vote campaign for Rep. Gerry Connolly (D) Monday morning at the congressman's headquarters.

Biden, a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College, will kick things off at 11:30 a.m. in Fairfax County.

Over the weekend, more than 1,000 volunteers canvassed and phone banked for Connolly, who faces Republican Keith Fimian in the 11th District race, according to Connolly's campaign. U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) and other state and local officials from Fairfax and Prince William counties appeared at the events.

Former governor Tim Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was expected to spend today and Sunday in Virginia helping Connolly and Rep. Glenn Nye, who is being challenged by Republican Scott Rigell in a tight race in the 2nd District. But folks at the DNC tells us Kaine was diverted to Cleveland to appear with President Obama and addressed rallies for the congressmen by phone instead.

By Anita Kumar  | November 1, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races, Anita Kumar, Election 2010, Gerald E. Connolly, Joe Biden, Keith Fimian, Timothy M. Kaine  
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So, Gerald cannot win by himself--he's got to import half of the national Democrat Party and Union members from across the country. That's a message in itself, isn't it. Tom Davis never had this trouble, but then Tom Davis was liked personally as well as well as politically and had Democrat volunteers in all his campaigns. The difference between Connolly and Davis and Fimian is the vision thing. While Connolly tears down his opponent and concentrates on abortion, Fimian talks to the voters about their concerns and offers a positive vision for the district and for the country. That trumps negativity and the entire Democrat party every time.

Posted by: lleatwo | November 1, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Connolly's campaign hit the depths of depravity Sunday when it sent a father of one of the Virginia tech shooting victims to a GOP rally in Fairfax with a protest sign.

I was at this rally and I felt very bad for the poor guy whose child was killed in the Va. Tech rampage.
This rally was not even advertised on the Fimian or County GOP site, you had to be looking for this event to know it was going on. This was clearly a plant by Connolly.

What kind of a person exploits a fellow human being's grief for his own political gain?

in addition to the man whose child was killed at Tech, there were at least 3-4 other anti fimian protestors wearing tech shirts at the rally, and they brought along a cameraman who was very rude and pushing through the crowd.
It looked to me that they were trying to create a Rand Paul moment but the well mannered Republicans did not bite.
The poor father just sort of stood there with a very blank look on his face, like he clearly looked uncomfortable being there and the whole thing was sickening.

Shame on Gerry Connolly and shame on any Democrat that 
endorses this type of campaigning. It is the lowest of low.

Of course, the drive by media members who attended loved it and the Tech parent was surrounded by TV cameras.

Every single person who lost a loved one in the tech shooting, no matter who they plan to vote for Tuesday should 
let the Connolly campaign know that they do not want their grief exploited. Ever!

This was just another desperate attempt by Connolly to divert voter's attention from the real issue, that the Democrats in congress are spending the nation into oblivion. Not one single Connolly mailer discusses his vote on Obamacare, the failed stimulus, or the nearly 10 billion he voted to spend on the ridiculous Cash for Clunkers program.

It is a real shame Connolly has to use the father of a shooting victim to do his dirty work.

Posted by: fairfaxgoper | November 1, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Did the WaPo actually verify the purported 1,000 volunteers, or just spout the Connolly line? Because I was out around the 11th all weekend and never saw any of them.

Posted by: Yankeesfan1 | November 1, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Did the WaPo actually verify the purported 1,000 volunteers, or just spout the Connolly line? Because I was out around the 11th all weekend and never saw any of them.

Posted by: Yankeesfan1 | November 1, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

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