Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A One Termer?

Most political pundits believe that the 2010 midterm elections will produce a tidal wave which will result in big gains for Republicans. Can 1st term Democrat Gerry Connolly survive a Republican tidal wave?
Keith Fimian, Republican candidate for Congress (VA-11) issued the following statement today in response to Gerry Connolly’s efforts to hide from his record:

“Yesterday Gerry Connolly sent out an email and automated phone call touting his recent vote against congressional pay raises,” Fimian said. “The simple fact is, Gerry Connolly knows he is already down in the polls and is desperately trying to recast himself as a fiscal conservative, despite all the evidence to the contrary, including his votes for the $1.4 trillion government healthcare takeover, the pork-bloated $832 billion failed ‘stimulus’ bill, $670 billion in taxes increases, economically ruinous ‘cap-and-trade’ and billions in earmark requests—in just 17 months in office.”

“As expected, a career politician like Gerry Connolly will tell voters whatever they want to hear if he thinks it will save his political career,” Fimian added. “So suddenly, Connolly opposes pay increases and is boasting about one vote to reduce his pay check. But as a Fairfax County Supervisor, Gerry Connolly voted twice to raise his own pay, by 27% in one year and 31% in another year.”

“Given Gerry Connolly’s reckless spending and taxing, and the fact the Democrats in Congress won’t even propose a budget as they run for cover in an election year, Connolly deserves a major pay cut until Northern Virginians have a chance to throw him out of office in November,” Fimian said.

In a March poll conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, Fimian leads Connolly 40%-35% with 25% undecided. Among independent voters, Fimian’s lead increases to 43%-28%.

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