Viennans unimpressed with congressional options
At Cunningham Park Elementary School in Vienna just before 8 a.m., 25 people waited in line to vote at one of three voting booths. Voters had faced about a 15 minute wait since the site opened, according to election officials at the school, who were pleased that 317 voters had already cycled through by 7:50 a.m.
Outside, where dedicated volunteers handed out sample ballots and shivered against the morning cold, voters expressed a lack of enthusiasm for both candidates in the tight congressional race between Democratic incumbent Gerry Connolly and his Republican challenger, Keith Fimian.
"Neither one is actually my choice," said Bill Dorn, 44, of Vienna, who tends to vote for Republicans but said he doesn't always vote along party lines.
"Fimian is too far right, and Connolly is not a heavy hitter," Dorn said.
Dorn, who voted for Connolly in the last election, decided to support Fimian this time, he said.
"It's just change, to try to send someone else to Congress, just trying to offer some shakeup," he said. "I'm not a tea party supporter though, nothing like that."
It was Fimian's sense of fiscal responsibility that helped Dorn ultimately cast his vote, he said.
JoAnn Spevacek of Vienna, who tends to vote for Democrats, said she woke up this morning believing that she'd vote for Fimian.
"I don't like Gerry Connolly at all," she said. "I don't consider him a good Democrat ... but Fimian scared me because I don't like what the Republicans are doing lately."
She ultimately made her choice at the voting booth by focusing on her support of President Obama, she said.
"Because I support Obama I supported Gerry Connolly, which killed me," she said. Spevacek, who said she has a background in social work, is unimpressed with Connolly's personality and the decisions he's made when it comes to social programs, she said.
"He's not sympathetic to those in need," she said.
| November 2, 2010; 9:04 AM ET
Categories: 2010 Virginia Congressional Races, Caitlin Gibson, Election 2010, Gerald E. Connolly, Keith Fimian
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