• Keith Fimian Sides with Wall St. Over Main St.

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    Fairfax, VA — In the latest sign that he is too extreme for Northern Virginia, Keith Fimian joined his political patron John Boehner in opposing the tough new Wall Street reforms approved by the House of Representatives last week. Choosing to side with Wall Street special interests, Fimian announced his opposition to reform that put consumers first, holds the Biggest Banks accountable, and ends the era of tax-payer funded bailouts and ‘too-big-to-fail’ institutions. Fimian announced his opposition to stopping big bonuses on Wall Street and a stop to the type of risky financial deals that led to the current economic mess.

    “Keith Fimian’s outrageous refusal to hold Wall Street special interests accountable or put a stop to the era of taxpayer funded bailouts and big bonuses is another reminder that Fimian’s extreme agenda is wildly out of touch with the needs of Northern Virginia families,” said James Walkinshaw, Connolly’s campaign manager. “Hardworking families who played by the rules and saw their jobs and savings wiped away by Wall Street’s recklessness deserve better than Fimian wanting to put Wall Street banks and credit card companies first."

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  • 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

  • HEALTH CARE REFORM

    THANK YOU CONGRESSMAN CONNOLLY

    At 10:45 pm ET the United States House of Representatives passed HR3590, historic legislation supporting health care reform with more than the necessary 215 votes required.

    HR 3590 PASSES

    The final total vote tally 219-212 DOES reflect the will of the people.

    • YEA – Democratic 219
    • NAY – 34 Democratic, 178 Republican

    HR 3590 final tally