• Connolly Introduces Bill To Prevent Future Oil Spills

    On June 10, Congressman Gerry Connolly introduced legislation, the Oil Pollution Environmental Review Act, that will force oil companies like BP to comply with a full environmental review before they drill offshore. The Connolly bill ensures that oil companies will never again receive special treatment when they want to drill off our coasts, and that oil companies who drill offshore cannot cut corners.

    Connolly’s opponent, Keith Fimian, subscribes to the Sarah Palin philosophy of “Drill, Baby, Drill” and “Drill here, Drill now.” He has a long record of supporting offshore drilling and believes that business, including Big Oil, should be allowed to self-regulate. And in the wake of the environmental calamity in the Gulf, he has not changed his reckless stance.

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  • GOP Cancels 11th CD Convention

    … to Shield Bickering Primary Candidates’ Views from Public Scrutiny — and Avoid a Rand Paul Moment

    Democrats Say Fimian and Herrity Taking Extreme Positions in their Race to the Right

    Eleventh District Republicans canceled their biennial Convention this weekend — two weeks before their congressional primary — to shield the public from the extreme views, bare-knuckles brawling, and increasingly nasty attacks that have marked the race to the right between congressional challengers Keith Fimian and Pat Herrity, Democrats said.

    The Republicans announced they canceled the event, which could draw more than 2,600 delegates, because "scheduling problems" precluded the appearance of either candidate at the convention and they had no races for party offices, but the chairs of the Democratic party organizations in the 11th CD had a different take.

    "In most primaries, candidates would salivate at the chance to speak to a couple of thousand party activists and throw them some red meat to win votes just two weeks before a low turnout primary," Fairfax County Democratic Committee Chair Rex Simmons said. "Unfortunately, what they are saying to the GOP party faithful now is definitely not what they want to public to hear in November."

    Fimian and Herrity have been espousing extreme positions on numerous issues that are way out of the mainstream here in Northern Virginia, the Democratic leaders said.

    "These candidates want to abolish the Department of Education and turn back transportation dollars.  Those are not what’s needed in Northern Virginia as we work to protect our quality schools and find ways to solve some of the worst traffic congestion problems in the nation," Prince William County Democratic Committee Chair Pete Frisbie said.

    "The Fimian and Herrity campaigns want to run their primary campaigns underneath the radar," said Simmons. "They don’t want mainstream voters who will cast ballots in November to hear their far-right rhetoric about who is more pro-gun or pro-life, and who would refuse the most funding for our schools, our roads, and our public transit systems."

    The Democrats suspect that Republicans canceled the event because they didn’t want to draw media attention at their congressional convention to Fimian and Herrity’s extreme campaign platforms or a catfight between the two candidates, particularly in light of Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul’s recent controversial remarks in the media disparaging civil rights.

  • Re-Elect Congressman Gerry Connolly

    Congressman Gerald E. “Gerry” Connolly is serving his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s 11th District, which encompasses Fairfax County, Prince William County, and Fairfax City in Northern Virginia.

    Congressman Connolly serves on the House Budget Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

    He is a member of two Foreign Affairs Subcommittees: Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade; and Mideast and South Asia. On the Government Reform Committee, he serves on: the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service and the District of Columbia; and the Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization, and Procurement.

    Prior to his election to Congress in November 2008, Congressman Connolly was Chairman of the Board of Supervisors in Fairfax County, the largest jurisdiction in the Washington, DC metro area with more than 1.1 million residents. Connolly served a total of 14 years on the Fairfax County Board, the last five as Chairman.

    As Fairfax County Chairman, Connolly oversaw an annual budget of $4.5 billion, and the 12th largest school system and the 6th largest office market in the nation. During his tenure on the Board, and with his leadership, Fairfax County earned the title of Best Managed Large County in the nation. Connolly championed an aggressive agenda as Fairfax Chairman in areas ranging from strong environmental stewardship, affordable housing and public safety to transit-oriented development, regional cooperation, and gang prevention.

    He is already earning a reputation on Capitol Hill as an expert on issues affecting local and state governments. Recently, he completed a term as President of the freshman class in the U.S. House of Representatives. In that role he served as a liaison between the House leadership and freshman members of Congress to ensure they had a voice in the legislative process.

    Congressman Connolly received a B.A. in Literature from Maryknoll College in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and a M.A. in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1979.

    After graduating from Harvard, Connolly spent 10 years on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he handled numerous issues including oversight of international economic issues and policies concerning the Middle East and the United Nations.

    Congressman Connolly also worked in the non-profit and private sectors for organizations and companies involved in international trade, regulatory matters, and research.

    To learn more about Congressman Connolly’s work in Congress, visit http://connolly.house.gov

    To learn more about Congressman Connolly’s campaign for reelection, visit www.gerryconnolly.com

  • 11th Congressional District Democratic Community Awards

    11th Congressional District Democratic CommitteePlease join your friends on the 11th District Democratic Committee for the 11th District Democratic Community Awards. The 11th Congressional District Democratic Committee invites you to their Annual Brunch to honor some good Democrats.

    Special Guests

    Congressman Gerry Connolly
    Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw

    • John Sturdivant Award

      Honoring a member of the labor community for his/her commitment to Democratic ideals and values

    • 11th CD Community Service Awards

      Honoring three Democrats from Fairfax County/City, and Prince William County for community service

      The Joseph V. Gartlan Award, Fairfax County – Emilie Larson

      The Deloris Hampton Award, Prince William County – Steve Dixon

      The Frederick W. Silverthorne Award, Fairfax City– Ellen Brouwer

    Saturday, December 12th, 2009, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Vespucci Restaurant
    10579 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030
    map, click here

    Also being honored is Herbert E. Harris, II, former Eighth District Congressman, for his community service.


    Herb, who has been a resident of Mount Vernon, graduated from Georgetown University Law School with a J.D. in 1951. He served on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors from 1968 to 1974. He served as a member of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority from 1968 to 1974. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority from 1970 to 1974. Herb was elected as a Democrat to the 94th Congress in 1974, defeating Rep. Stanford E. Parris. He was re-elected to the 95th and 96th Congresses, serving January 3, 1975 to January 3, 1981. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1980 to the 97th Congress, defeated by Stanford E. Parris, who regained his former congressional seat.


    Herb was elected to Congress at the same time as his friend Joe Fisher, and who represented the Tenth Congressional District. Joe also served three terms and for the same period of time as Herb.


    The Eighth District included Alexandria, portions of Fairfax County, and Prince William while the Tenth District included Arlington, Falls Church City, and portions of Fairfax County.

    Suggested Donation: $40 to help defray expenses; Sponsors: $250; Hosts: $100. RSVP to: George Burke, Chair, at: georgeburke@cox.net or Ginny Peters, Finance Chair, at glpeters@verizon.net.

    Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect the name, address, occupation & name of the employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year. Contributions to the 11th CDDC are not deductible for federal or state income tax purposes. Individual and federal PAC contributions will be used in connection with federal congressional elections and are subject to the limitations and prohibitions of the Federal Election Campaign Act. Such donors should make contributions payable to the 11th CDDC federal account. Because of the involvement of a federal candidate or officeholder in this event, we are not asking for funds from corporations, labor organizations, or other federally prohibited sources.

    Paid for and Authorized by the 11th Congressional District Democratic Committee, George Burke, Chair.

  • Sturdivant Awards Brunch

    John Sturdivant

    John Sturdivant

    The 11th Congressional District Committee with special guests Congressman-elect Gerry Connolly and Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw invite you to our annual awards event to honor some good Democrats.

    A full brunch will be served at La Rue 123 (4023 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030; map: http://tinyurl.com/la-rue-123), 11 am – 1 pm on Sunday, December 7.

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