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Gerry Connolly Ducks Again

By Greg L | 12 August 2009 | Fairfax County, US Congress, Prince William County | 12 Comments

The DC Examiner reports that Gerry Connolly has announced a second Town Hall meeting inside a gated retirement community on August 25th, this time at the Greenspring Retirement Community in Springfield.  His spokesman Jason Connors confirmed that the event isn’t for the public at large, but intended for residents of the retirement community and that the venue would usefully provide an opportunity to throw out constituents who don’t “settle down.”  If Connolly really wanted this job, you’d think he’d be interested in hearing the views of constituents regarding legislation he will be voting on rather than trying to control which constituents have the right to speak to him. Connolly simply wants to hear only from a select group of constituents, and if you’re not part of that special group, your Congressman doesn’t want to listen to you.

While Connolly’s other spokesman George Burke is making up stories about how people outside of the district are asking when Connolly will provide an opportunity to hear from the people he represents, the reality is that a huge number of his constituents are clamoring for the opportunity to have their voices heard.  It’s not as if Connolly is making himself available in any way.  When writing to Connolly only gets you a form letter response where he won’t even bother to fill in the blank that would specify the issue you’re concerned with, or worse get you a letter telling you to shut up, voters see a Town Hall meeting as the only opportunity they’ll ever get to communicate with their representative before he votes.  Instead of responding to these demands, Connolly is trying to schedule these events in restricted private venues, claiming the people contacting his office aren’t his constituents, and ducking having to face the people he’s supposed to be representing.

Does this sound like the behavior of a Congressman who is confident about the job he’s doing for his constituents to you?  It sounds a whole lot more like the behavior of a coward who doesn’t want to be held accountable.  The longer Connolly tries to duck the people he’s supposed to be serving, the more his Congressional office is going to be bombarded by constituents, yes Gerry, constituents, demanding an opportunity to be heard.  One way or another, their voices will be heard.



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12 Comments

  1. Prester John said on 12 Aug 2009 at 1:34 pm:
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    A real profile in courage.

    We should all be so proud of our elected representative who is paid with our tax dollars.

  2. Ron said on 12 Aug 2009 at 1:55 pm:
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    Maybe Gerry should go back to SAIC if thiselected Representative gig is so stressful.

  3. citizenofmanassas said on 12 Aug 2009 at 3:28 pm:
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    Fat boy like all of his fellow Anti-American libs could care less about what the people have to say. With dear leader on top, they are turning America into a 3rd World dictatorship. Think that is too tough of language to use? This is the party that openly admits they do not read bills being “debated” and passed in Congress, think anyone who has a different opinion then they are mobs. They unleash on CEO’s who use corporate jets, yet throw fits if they are not provided the best jets possible, and until backlash caused the purchase to be voided, attempted to buy 5 additional top of the line jets for their travel. They openly mock the legislation process, are will to pass bills without a single vote from the minority party. Want everyone to sacrifice but them, etc. That is the type of behavior we see from dictatorships, socialists and communist Nations.

  4. Anonymous said on 12 Aug 2009 at 4:03 pm:
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    Best thing is for the Repubs is not to have a single member of the House or Senate vote for O’s healthcare bill. The Demoncrats will pay the price in spades in the next election.

  5. Slick said on 12 Aug 2009 at 8:15 pm:
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    Bucktoothed weasel!

  6. chameleon said on 12 Aug 2009 at 9:49 pm:
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    connolly is a turd, that’s pretty easy to say because he is. What a scumbag, supposedly he’s my congressman but never answers my damn letters. what a punk.

  7. Gerry Connolly Blows Rodents said on 12 Aug 2009 at 10:48 pm:
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    I agree. Connolly sucks weasel bottoms. I asked that nincompoop a question about cap & trade at a meeting a while back and he had the gall to tell me I was too stupid to understand how it was going to add three million jobs to the economy. How in the heck do you get more jobs by raising taxes on businesses?

    We elected a dementia patient to congress so he could be in good company.

  8. Anonymous said on 13 Aug 2009 at 10:51 am:
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    Get a job, stop writing stupid blogs.

    [Ed note: the IP address for this comment goes back to the U.S. House of Representatives. Any guesses which congressional office this came from?]

  9. flashman said on 13 Aug 2009 at 2:46 pm:
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    I’ve emailed Connolly three times: once after his vote to release the Abu Graib photos (6 years after the fact); once after the cap and trade vote and again recently on healthcare. All I get back are formulaic responses that: he supports veterans; millions of green jobs will be created; and a public option will save our healthcare system.

    Talk about a waste of CO2 production…..

  10. CJL said on 14 Aug 2009 at 8:47 am:
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    We need to flush Gerry out of his office. His constitutent service is poor, he does not talk directly to people in his district other than thru a staffer or spokesman; now he is hiding behind the gates of a retirement community. Wish I could be a fly on the wall during that event just to get the sound bite of elderly folks in walkers yelling and screaming about this health care bill and then see how the left can spin that into an “angry mob.”

  11. smurf said on 15 Aug 2009 at 5:42 am:
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    oxygen thief of the biggest order. Jerry connolly has no care in the world for his constituents and I have written to other representatives about him (since he wont answer my e-mails nor my letters) a horrible little man who care nothing except well….nothing.

  12. Jason Connors said on 17 Aug 2009 at 8:53 am:
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    Please understand something: Greenspring is a gated community of 2,000 residents. Our first priority is the safety of our residents. Health care reform is, as we all know, a heated political issue. As has happened in past health care reform town halls things turned ugly, with yelling and screaming.

    You write that Greenspring would “usefully” escort people from the facility, but I argue that we would “by necessity” escort people out who, after being asked to tone down their behavior, refuse to do so.

    I applaud Congressman Connolly for selecting Greenspring for this discussion. Our residents are informed, highly educated and politically active. In fact, Greenspring is its own voting precinct with the highest percentage voter turnout in the state and one of the highest in the country. In 2008, all candidates either represented themselves or sent surrogates to Greenspring: Jim Webb (surrogate for Barack Obama), Joe McCain (surrogate for Jon McCain), Jim Gilmore, Mark Warner, Keith Fimian and Gerry Connolly. This year, we have had visits from Creigh Deeds, Terry McAuliffe, Brian Moran, Bob McDonnell, Sharon Bulova and Pat Herrity, to name just a few.

    Will things get heated at the health care reform discussion? Probably. Will there be differences of opinion? More than likely. But will Congressman Connolly have a chance to actually hear those opinions and have a meaningful discussion? Absolutely.
    Jason Connors, public relations manager, Greenspring

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