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Viennans unimpressed with congressional options

Christopher Dean Hopkins

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.

By Caitlin Gibson  | 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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Like The Washington Post, Democrats, Independents, and even moderate Republicans are realizing that Fimian is way too extreme.

The Post editorial endorsing Connolly called Fimian "politically extreme and scantily informed." And that was before Fimian shocked when he told a TV reporter that he the Virginia Tech massacre might have been avoided if students were "packing heat."

Fimian's comments on guns angered parents of kids who lost their lives at Virginia Tech and confirmed what the Post said in its editorial: "Fimian is a ideologue with sparse experience on of local issues who has embraced much of the Tea Party dogma."

Fimian is not ready for prime time and would be an embarrassment to the 11th Congressional District of Virginia.

Posted by: spatrickbe | November 2, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Come on Washington Post.

There is no such thing as "a registered Republican" in Virginia. There has never been party registration.

A reporter should know better.

Posted by: FederalGraphics | November 2, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse


Rhymes with "simian."

Yep. Sounds about right. The Repugnants do seem to be a bunch of knuckle-dragging teabaggers.

Posted by: bs2004 | November 2, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

JoAnn Spevacek of Vienna voted for a candidate even though it "killed her to do it," and he represented NOTHING she supports.

In essence,she voted for Obama, even if it meant sending someone back to Congress who has yet to do anything she feel is good for the district or the country.

An Excellent example of an irresponsible voter.

Posted by: asmith1 | November 2, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

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