Guest Post by Sanford D. Horn
Caught on video tape, freshman Democratic Congressman Gerald Connolly (VA-11th) gave a speech where he pleaded with an audience to remind all the Democrats they know to vote on Tuesday, February 3 and conversely to remind all the Republicans they know to cast their ballots on the following Tuesday, February 10.
The sad fact of Connolly’s election to the US House of Representatives last November created the vacancy in his former post as Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Current board members Pat Herrity (R-Springfield) and Sharon Bulova (D-Braddock) are seeking the top spot as well as independents Carey Campbell and Christopher De Carlo.
The special election will in fact be held on Tuesday, February 3 with polls open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. More information about the election parameters and eligibility can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
Slimy tactics like those used by Connolly have certainly been used in the past by both major political parties – written notices with wrong dates, telephone calls with wrong dated reminders and other shenanigans employed to prevent the opposition from exercising their constitutionally granted right to vote. One fully expects Connolly to suggest he was merely joking, but if a Republican had done likewise, it would have made the front pages of papers calling for sanctions or a resignation for attempting to disenfranchise minorities or some such claim.
Those who are fortunate enough to be reading this column should contact one of Connolly’s offices and lodge a complaint. If for nothing else he will need to take the voices of the voters seriously. The telephone number at Connolly’s district office is 703-256-3071 and at his DC office it is 202-225-1492. Or contact Connolly via e-mail at www.connolly.house.gov.
UPDATE: NLS has the video of Connolly’s behavior here.
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