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Gerry Connolly: Screw You PWC

By Greg L | 21 October 2010 | Keith Fimian, Gerry Connolly, Prince William County | 14 Comments

WMAL has a fascinating report of an exchange between Congressman Gerry Connolly and two Prince William County Supervisors where Congressman Connolly announced that Prince William County was going to have all their federal highway projects cut off after the election.  This isn’t too surprising given the past behavior of our local federal “representative,” but that Connolly actually admits he’s going to punish Prince William County for political reasons should he be re-elected to the U. S. House of Representatives is rather shocking.

Covington says he said something to Connolly about the need for federal dollars for infrastructure improvements. Covington says Connolly’s reply was:

“After November 3 we wouldn’t have to worry about any more federal money.”"

At that point there was kind of an awkward silence,” said Covington. “I couldn’t tell whether he was kidding or not. It was kind of a weird moment.”

It kinda bolsters the argument that we better elect Keith Fimian on November 2nd, doesn’t it?

UPDATE: Virtucon is all over this as well.

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  1. Just the Facts said on 21 Oct 2010 at 8:52 am:
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    As I’ve written on BVBL before, I supported Pat in the primary but the day after the election was solidly behind Keith. I’ve made my contribution to Keith’s campaign and might put in some more later. As Greg’s post here illustrates, electing Keith over Connolly is important on a mulittude of levels.

  2. Riley said on 21 Oct 2010 at 11:04 am:
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    It is time for the voters of the 11th Dist., whether one lives in Prince William County or Fairfax County, to send Connolly (and his creepy mustache “Little Gerry” as well) to the unemployment line.

  3. Cynic said on 21 Oct 2010 at 11:47 am:
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    Logically - isn’t it odd that some people do actually vote for Connolly and other candidates of his ilk?

  4. VA_Magoo said on 21 Oct 2010 at 12:29 pm:
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    “Conservative” Gerry Connolly only voted with Pelosi and company 96.9% of the time….. I think he voted no on one or two bills he knew already had enough votes to pass. His time has come to be gone.

    I hope he moves to another State after his re-election loss.

  5. BattleCat said on 21 Oct 2010 at 7:04 pm:
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    Nov can’t come soon enough. After the election, I look forward to sending “lame duck” an email saying he doesn’t have to worry about any more Federal money anymore.

  6. bear said on 21 Oct 2010 at 10:17 pm:
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    Regardless of what Connolly was implying, it seems to me that when the Republicans take the House, the feds will spend less, and consequently there will be less federal money flowing to PWC and elsewhere.

    Isn’t that why voters are going to dump the Ds in November, to exchange higher taxes and higher spending for lower taxes and lower spending? It’s not like the government will be decreasing the amount it spends elsewhere else but increasing the amount it spends here. It’s going to be less spending everywhere. That’s what the November elections are all about.

    After the November elections there will be significantly increasing downward pressure on every part of the federal budget. Period. Insofar as PWC relies more on federal dollars (through paychecks to federal workers and to federal contractors) than most other regions of the country, lower federal spending will likely have a greater impact on PWC than elsewhere.

    That is precisely what voters throughout the country want. No matter how personally conservative we may be, we must realize that we are ground zero of what the voters of our country are angry about.

  7. Truth said on 22 Oct 2010 at 3:10 am:
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    I guess that was why our conservative less spending govenour was complaining about with the cut of a redundant military operation in hampton roads area. We are in for a hit. No more white collar welfare jobs for the commonwealth. So Greg, Haven’t you noticed the construction around the route 28 railroad crossing? You know your buddy has been quiet of late when he applauded the Obama stimulus money for building a railroad crossing overpass that only inconvienances the soccer moms. Jackson Miller is his name. I wonder if he and the city council will thank Obama for some totaly useless outdated project to do what? Get us to the next bottle neck traffic light sooner? Where is the outcrie to block this one? Is this not what the tea party is against? Sounds like NIMBY syndrome to me dude. You have quiet on this one. Reasearch the MJM for Miller applauding the stimulus money on this one. Comments?

  8. seems pretty obvious said on 22 Oct 2010 at 9:26 am:
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    There are pork barrel projects and there are useful projects. The pork barrel projects must be eliminated. Pork barrel projects should not be able to survive after November. No one reasonably disagrees.

    Among useful projects, many of those won’t survive either. Only the most critical of the useful projects projects will survive, because we cannot afford anything more than the most critical projects.

    There will be debates over what is critical. Given the current bad state of $ affairs, something is critical only if it costs more not to take the action. These days we cannot even afford to spend money to make things better. In the eyes of the rest of the country (or even the rest of the Commonwealth), spending billions on roads here so “we” can reduce our long commuting times does not appear critical. To folks living elsewhere, a long commute is a mere inconvenience; it is not a critical matter.

    However, do not expect legislators to vote against projects that will benefit their own communitiies when it involves money seemingly coming from elsewhere (like federal tax dollars to pay for local projects). No doubt some will be brave but most will vote in favor of bringing home the $ to their communities.

    So, if we elect brave politicians (who have no interest in being re-elected), that should result in far less money being spent in PWC. Why would anyone think otherwise.

  9. Anonymous said on 22 Oct 2010 at 3:19 pm:
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    From Connolly pal Congressional Rep. Jim Moran (D-Virginia) 8th District of Virginia which includes JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, the PENTAGON as well as ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETARY:

    Serving in the military isn’t public service

    Virginia Congressman Jim Moran, D-8th, doesn’t think serving in the military is public service. At the October 6th meeting of the Arlington County Democratic Committee, Moran was videotaped telling fellow party members:

    “What [Republicans] do is find candidates, usually stealth candidates, that haven’t been in office, haven’t served or performed in any kind of public service. My opponent is typical, frankly.”

    However, Moran’s opponent happens to be Col. Patrick Murray (US Army-Ret.), who served 24 years in uniform, was deployed to four different combat zones, including Baghdad, as part of the 2007 troop surge under Gen. David Petraeus, and was even shot at by foreign combatants. If that isn’t public service, I don’t know what is.

    Paper shuffling in Washington, apparently. And this was not Moran’s only military-related misstep.

    On October 11th, the Military Officers Association of America sent a letter to the Moran campaign requesting that the congressman stop distributing a flyer clearly implying that MOAA had endorsed Moran for reelection.

    “As a not-for-profit organization governed by the Internal Revenue Code, the Military Officers Association of America is barred by law from participating or intervening, either directly or indirectly, in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for elective public office,” wrote Maj. Gen. Joseph Lynch (USAF-Ret.), MOAA’s general counsel.

    “MOAA did recognize Rep. Moran in 1999 with our Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award. But the campaign flyer implies a more recent and more explicit MOAA rating/endorsement in connection with this campaign that did not occur.”

    So Moran disses his opponent’s military record when he’s with his Democratic pals, then uses – without authorization – the reputation of a military group to help him get reelected. Classy. MOAA should spend a bit more time vetting future awardees.

    “Serving honorably in the military, as Col. Murray did for 24 years, is the best kind of public service anyone can do for our great nation,” says Tommy Valentine, webmaster of RetireJimMoran.com. “Moran needs to apologize.”



  10. Loudoun Insider said on 22 Oct 2010 at 7:13 pm:
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    Like I always say, Gerry Connolly is an obnoxious a-hole! He once again proves it beyond a doubt.

  11. Fed up said on 24 Oct 2010 at 11:31 am:
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  12. Anonymous said on 24 Oct 2010 at 6:35 pm:
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    “….the more the plans fail, the more the planners plan…”

    Beautifully on target, Fed up.

  13. Pat said on 24 Oct 2010 at 7:58 pm:
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    like there was zero pork barrel spending under the R’s.

    Get real people, they are all doing it to us. SPend Spend SPend.

  14. Greg L said on 24 Oct 2010 at 8:09 pm:
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    Hold ALL their feet to the fire, and focus on the worst offenders first.

    November is coming.

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