The 11th district results are still being verified, but it looks like we will win with more than 60% of the vote, the largest margin of my 18-year career in public office. I want to thank my Republican opponent and his family. Running for office is not easy, but our democracy could not function without people like Chris willing to put their personal lives on hold to step into the arena.
But in reelecting President Obama and electing my friend Tim Kaine here in Virginia, voters also made a statement that they believe in our Constitutional framework of strong individual rights within the context of a community made up of "we the people" with a role for a functional government "in order to form a more perfect union." They have rejected an extreme philosophy of social darwinism that would dismantle our social contract and return our nation to a 19th century survival-of-the-fittest society.
I am honored to be reelected and to have received the trust of our voters to represent them for another two years. On their behalf, I will continue to fight for the values we share while seeking common ground to move our country forward.
We write to endorse Congressman Gerry Connolly for re-election. We do so proudly as veterans of the Army and Army Air Corps/Air Force with a combined 70 years of experience in public service to our nation and to our community.
We appreciate that Congressman Connolly has applied the ethos “all politics is local” to fighting for our nation’s veterans and active-duty military personnel. He understands that briefings at the Pentagon do not fully illustrate the plight of our service members. Instead, he also does his homework by joining veterans for breakfast at VFW Post 1503 in Dale City and other local venues, meeting personally with active-duty military families, and spending time with servicemembers here at home and on deployment in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Tenacious advocacy, responsive leadership, and getting things done were hallmarks of Gerry Connolly's 18-year tenure as our colleague in Northern Virginia government, and he has carried that approach to the House of Representatives.
We know from personal experience that Congressman Connolly can be counted on to act decisively on behalf of the men and women fighting for our country. During a meeting with Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in Prince William, Gerry learned of the fees and penalties some service members were paying to cancel cell phone contracts, leases, and other obligations after they were called up for deployment. He took action and introduced the Helping Active Duty Deployed Act to end abusive practices that penalize service members deployed to fight for our nation and the families they leave behind. He worked diligently to win bipartisan support and passage of the bill.
When an active-duty military family hard hit by diminished home values shared their story with Gerry, they received more than a pat on the back and a sympathetic ear. Instead, they found an ally in their congressman, who learned that many servicemembers suffered substantial financial lost when they received change of station orders and were forced to sell their homes below market value, often for a loss. To help those military families, Gerry introduced legislation to expand the Department of Defense's Homeowner Assistance Program to provide a level of financial security and peace of mind to those serving our nation.
Gerry Connolly also sponsored a bipartisan amendment to protect service members, disabled veterans and surviving spouses from foreclosure, and worked with Senator Jim Webb and a bipartisan coalition of House members to fund the Post-9/11 GI Bill to provide 745,000 veterans and their dependents with tuition assistance.
Some of Gerry Connolly's work for veterans has been up-close and personal. When he learned about a Vietnam veteran from Woodbridge, a helicopter pilot who had never received his medals for two heroic rescues of colleagues in Vietnam and Laos, he took action. And 39 years after that pilot risked his life and ignored his own wounds to rescue his fellow servicemembers, Gerry Connolly presented him with the Silver Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
When one of our servicemembers is killed in action, Gerry Connolly is on the phone with the family, expressing the gratitude of our nation and offering assistance in their time of tragedy and need.
The Military Officers Association of America has given Gerry Connolly a 100 percent rating for his support of a strong national defense and the welfare of active-duty military and veterans. Gerry also received the national "Friends of Military Kids" award for his efforts to provide tangible support for the children of deployed personnel and severely injured servicemembers.
Veterans and active-duty military personnel need someone in Congress who understands that for most who served, veterans issues are very personal issues that affect their quality of life and that of their families.Gerry Connolly understands that these are neighborhood issues just as much as they are national issues.
Our men and women who serve and have served can count on Gerry Connolly to have their best interests at heart and be there when they need help. Please join us and other veterans in voting for Gerry Connolly on November 6.
Virginia Senator Charles J. Colgan
Prince William County Supervisor John D. Jenkins
Congressman Connolly marched in the 66th Annual Vienna Halloween Parade along with hundreds of volunteers and the James Madison High School Young Democrats. Congressman Connolly has been a part of this local tradition for the past 17 years. Based on the response from the crowd, Democrats will fair well in Vienna on November 6th.
Congressman Connolly fired up the crowd before President Obama's rally at George Mason University on October 19th. Congressman Connolly spoke about women’s rights, telling the crowd of thousands: "When people ask me why I support President Obama, I tell them...because I have a daughter.”
The President coined the term “Romnesia” at the rally, acknowledging Romney’s positions as “changing up so much and backtracking and sidestepping -- we’ve got to name this condition that he’s going through. I think it’s called “Romnesia.” President Obama discussed women's rights, healthcare, and the economy. He explained why he is running for a second term:
“I want to finish the job. And if you’re willing to stand with me, and make some phone calls with me, and knock on some doors with me, get your friends to vote for me -- we will win Fairfax County again. We will win Virginia again. We’ll finish what we started. And we’ll remind the world why the United States of America is the greatest nation on Earth.”
See below for some pictures of the rally with President Obama and Congressman Connolly.
Congressman Connolly recently toured the construction site of a Tysons Corner Metro station that is part of the new Dulles Rail project. The Congressman was joined by U.S. Senator Mark Warner and former governor Tim Kaine. Phase I of the project—which will partially extend the Rail line towards Dulles—is currently projected to be on time and on budget with an anticipated completion date of summer 2013. Phase II of the project was approved this summer.
Gerry Connolly has been a staunch advocate for needed public transportation projects and one of the driving forces behind Dulles Rail for nearly two decades. This update marks progress in bringing state-of-the art transportation to Northern Virginia and economic development to the region. It also highlights what can be accomplished when Democratic and Republican leaders work together: the project got off the ground with support from a coalition of bipartisan leaders in Virginia—including Congressman Connolly.
Below are some pictures of the construction tour with Tim Kaine, Senator Mark Warner and Congressman Connolly:
President Obama's reelection campaign opened its newest office in Reston on Saturday, August 4th. The organization now has 31 offices operating across the state. Each office is dedicated to grassroots organizing including voter registration, canvassing, and phone banking. Congressman Connolly attended the office opening to greet volunteers and talk about the next few months.
The Congressman described Virginia as the epicenter of the election and said "we are poised for another victory. But that doesn't happen by wishing. It happens by making phone calls...and putting bumper stickers on your cars. It is going to be a hard-fought campaign."
We are less than 100 days from Election Day. Now is the time to show your support. The Connolly campaign is distributing bumper stickers and yard signs with the full ticket: OBAMA, KAINE, CONNOLLY. Please follow this link to request a sign or sticker: http://www.gerryconnolly.com/requestmaterials.
Here are a few photos of Saturday's office opening:
On Saturday, July 14th Congressman Gerry Connolly and 2,000 supporters welcomed President Barack Obama to Centreville High School. Gerry spoke prior to the President taking the stage and he told the crowd "...Together we're going to make history again by re-electing Barack Obama!..." The President's message was focused on the economy and the need to renew the middle class. He then turned the crowds' attention to the upcoming election and the important role Virginia will play. He called on supporters to volunteer now and lay the framework for success in November. Judging from the enthusiasm of the crowd, Virginia Democrats are ready to deliver Virginia for the President again in 2012. Below are a few pictures taken at the President's visit:
Gerry Connolly and Tim Kaine celebrated Fourth of July by participating in two 11th District parades: City of Fairfax and Dale City Independence Day Parades.
Thank you to all the volunteers who braved the heat to show support for our Democratic ticket. Here are a few pictures from this year's festivities:
City of Fairfax
(Photo by Melina Mara / The Washington Post)
The Connolly Campaign was well respresented last Sunday and Monday at Viva Vienna, the town’s annual community celebration and Memorial Day commemorative event. The team gave out bumper stickers and balloons, provided voter registration forms, and addressed campaign concerns of constituents. Gerry addressed the crowd and walked through the festival with former Governor and future Senator Tim Kaine. As always the Vienna Rotary did a terrific job organizing the festival.