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Thank You to All Who Attended Our Biggest St. Patrick's Day Fete Yet!

This past Friday marked my 23rd year in public office. Every year I celebrate on my favorite day - St. Patrick's Day. It was our biggest and best St. Patrick's Day Fete to date! Over 1,400 of my supporters attended decked out in green attire and enjoyed a night full of corned beef, Irish music, and state wide Democratic campaigning.

If the enthusiasm at Friday's event tells us anything about the landscape of politics in Virginia, I am confident democrats will come back strong and win big in November 2017.

Thanks to everyone who joined us again this year and we'll see you next St. Patrick's Day!

37 Days to St. Patrick's Day!

It’s that time of year again -- time for our 23rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Fête! Please join us Friday, March 17th for Irish food, drink, and entertainment and a chance to cast your vote in our 2017 gubernatorial straw poll.

 

For over twenty years, Smitty and I have been hosting our fete as a way for family, friends, and Democratic supporters to come together and enjoy Irish food, drink, and entertainment. What was once a small gathering of a few dozen has grown into the largest annual Democratic fundraiser in all of Virginia.

 

With the new Trump Administration, we have seen the appointment of an utterly unqualified cabinet, executive orders attacking women’s reproductive rights and immigrants, and putting a white nationalist on the National Security Council. The possibilities of what will come next are endless - repeal of the Affordable Care Act, cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and a Supreme Court that overturns Roe v. Wade.

 

It is so important we as Democrats stand united against the Trump Agenda. There is no better time for us to come together than on the Holiest Day of the Year. We can share our thoughts and ideas and recommit to the Democratic principles we share so deeply.

 

Since our very first fete in 1995, we have seen a lot of elections. The pendulum swings both ways and I am confident 2017 and 2018 will bring about Democratic victories.

 

Click here to purchase tickets or you can RSVP by calling our office (703)375-9374 or emailing Meaghan at meaghan@gerryconnolly.com.

 

Hope you see you there!

A Bittersweet Moment

I am deeply honored to have been re-elected to represent the 11th District of Virginia in Congress. On November 8th, the 11th District voted for Hillary Clinton by almost 40 points and helped her carry the state on election night. I am so proud of the work we did in the past year to keep Virginia blue.

I’ll be honest: I never thought this nation would elect Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton's defeat is a tragedy, but I will continue to fight for the values we all hold so dear: freedom for all, a shared love for all of my fellow citizens, and an economy that works for all Americans.

Election night was a setback. We do not quit simply because we've lost the presidency. We will still fight for women's rights, we will still protect our seniors’ Social Security and Medicare, and we will still work toward combating climate change.

This is not over. In Virginia we have elections every year. The 2017 state elections are just around the corner. If you volunteered with the Clinton-Kaine campaign please take the time to stay involved and volunteer on the Governor's race or a state house campaign. The Fairfax Democrats have put together a great resource for how you can get involved:

http://act.gerryconnolly.com/How-You-Can-Help

Thank you for all you've done for me and our team. Let's continue to fight for what we believe in.

Kicking September Off with Festivals, Crab Feasts, Office Openings, and Picnics!

Summer may be coming to an end, but the fun never stops in the 11th Congressional District. These past few days were full of office openings, fairs, festivals, picnics, and service events.

I started the Labor Day weekend with the Fairfax County Democratic Committee Fall Campaign Kickoff at Sue Langley’s home in Vienna. Then I made it to both the AFL-CIO Labor Day Potluck Picnic in Alexandria and Marcus Simon and Jim Scott’s BBQ in Fairfax on Monday.

Last Thursday the Coordinated Campaign of Virginia officially opened their office in Woodbridge and I had the pleasure of welcoming them. In 2012, President Obama won Prince William County by 16 points. We must make sure that happens again this November for Secretary Clinton and Senator Kaine. Please stop by and volunteer - 13592 Jefferson Davis Hwy.

Saturday was a full day of campaigning. First stop of the day was the Burke Centre Festival. I joined the Boy Scouts Troop 1345 and Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn in the flag-raising ceremony to kick off the festival. Thanks to all of my friends and supporters that came out and volunteered their time to represent me at our campaign booth.

Next up, I attended the 34th Annual John Jenkins Crab Feast at the VFW in Dale City. Supervisor Jenkins always has a great crowd, and this year was no different.


Last, but certainly not least, I made it to the Providence District Democratic Committee’s 3rd Annual Democratic Values GOTV and Potluck BBQ. I was particularly excited for Delegate Mark Keam to (finally) put a Clinton, Kaine Connolly bumper sticker on his car. If you haven’t gotten yours yet, be sure to stop by our office and pick one up!

 

 

What a busy two weekends it was! I always enjoy meeting new and familiar constituents. The energy is high and encouraging going into these last 56 days until the election. Every day counts, and every vote matters.

Fourth of July Festivities

Potential thunderstorms and gray skies couldn’t keep Congressman Connolly and Democrats across the 11th District from celebrating our nation’s independence. Gerry spent his Fourth of July riding in both Fairfax City and Dale City parades. He was blown away by the crowd’s display of patriotism


A huge thanks to all the supporters who walked with Gerry and cheered him on. In case you missed it, take a look at these photos of Congressman Connolly and supporters from the Fourth. Thanks to Catherine Read for sharing her photos.

Now Gerry is looking forward to Labor Day!

Gerry with Sheriff Stacey Kincaid


Sierra Club Endorses Congressman Connolly

The Sierra Club’s National Political Team and Virginia Chapter have once again endorsed Congressman Gerry Connolly’s re-election campaign. Congressman Connolly is proud of his 22-year record of protecting the environment -- first in Fairfax County and now in the Congress.

 

Expressing their support of Congressman Connolly, the Sierra Club said “we value your continued strong commitment and advocacy for our vital environmental issues, to include climate change and protecting the water, air, land, and valuable natural resources of Virginia and the nation.”

 

As a founder and co-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Caucus, Congressman Connolly has done everything in his power to protect and strengthen the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and other key aspects to protecting our environment. Over the years, the Congressman has supported movements toward promoting clean energy and public health through his votes in favor of legislation such as the American Clean Energy and Security Act and also his votes against legislation that could further harm the environment such as the Keystone XL pipeline. This year, he’s led the effort to stop oil companies from drilling off the Virginia coast and worked to protect our region from toxic coal ash.

 

Congressman Connolly greatly appreciates this endorsement and plans to further the fight for clean energy and preserving our country’s nature and wildlife with his re-election this November.


Our Best St. Patrick’s Day Yet

This year marked our 22nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Fete -- and it was our biggest and best yet. Over 1,000 of Congressman Connolly’s supporters enjoyed corned beef, cabbage, and plenty of live Irish music to go with. Congressman Connolly announced his run for re-election this year, declaring the need to continue building upon the progress that has been made in recent years.

Joining us in celebration of the “Holiest Day of the Year” (as Gerry calls it) were Attorney General Mark Herring, Congressman Don Beyer, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Sharon Bulova, and dozens of state and local elected officials. Thanks to everyone who joined us again this year -- and we’ll see you next year on St. Patrick’s Day.

For photos from the event, please see below. To see Congressman Connolly’s speech at the event see here (thanks to Lowell Feld at Blue Virginia for the video): http://bluevirginia.us/2016/03/friday-news-6

 

Crowd Shot

Elected Officials

 

Gerry Speaking

Six Weeks to St. Patrick's Day!

Corned beef. Cabbage. Music, dancing, and politics. That's right, it's almost time for our 22nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Fete! In 1995, my wife, Smitty, and I hosted our first annual St. Patrick's Day Fete, right in our home. Since then, the gathering of neighbors, friends, and supporters has grown from fewer than 100 to over 1,000 attendees - and this year will be bigger and better than ever.

This is my favorite day of the year, and I want you to celebrate with me. Join us on Thursday, March 17th, from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM at the Kena Temple on Arlington Blvd in Fairfax for the festivities and to help raise money for my re-election campaign. Tickets start at $40 for a full Irish dinner, drinks, and music. Whether you have joined us before or you're a first-time attendee, we look forward to seeing you and your family there!

Don't miss out: click below to buy your tickets online for the biggest annual political party in Virginia.

 

     Buckcard

 

 

Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day traditionally marks the beginning of summer, a day off from work, and a moment to enjoy quality time with friends and family.

But we should not lose sight of what this day commemorates. Memorial Day is a time to celebrate and honor those who have fallen while defending our country. Even under difficult circumstances, the courage and commitment of our military men and women has never wavered. We thank them for all that they do.

My Memorial Day weekend kicked off with the annual Ride of the Patriots to Rolling Thunder. 400,000 bikers from all over the country rode to the Pentagon to honor our soldiers who have fallen in battle. I had the privilege of taking part once again in this unique tradition at the send-off ceremony at the Harley Davidson in Fairfax City.


Yesterday, I went to the VFW Posts in Fairfax City and Vienna where we read the names of those who died serving our country. They were somber, touching events.  


From there I went to the Viva! Vienna! Festival. I had a great time meeting constituents and hearing their concerns, and taking in all of the crafts, food, music and rides this annual community celebration has to offer. I was deeply touched to be able to speak at the Memorial Day tribute and remember those who gave the last full measure of devotion so that our country could remain free.

From my family to yours, I hope you had a safe and happy Memorial Day.

More than 1,000 Attend Congressman Connolly's 21st Annual St. Patrick's Day Fete

Over 1,000 Virginia Democrats and supporters gathered this year for Congressman Connolly's 21st Annual St. Patrick's Day Fete. The fete - the largest annual political gathering in Virginia - features corned beef, cabbage, salmon, Irish music, and a straw poll. This year's contest pitted potential Democratic presidential nominees against each other in the first Virginia straw poll of the 2016 election.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received 48% of the vote, followed by former Virginia Senator Jim Webb with 15%, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren with 10%, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders with 7%, and Vice President Joe Biden and former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley both receiving 6%. Various write-in candidates garnered 8% of the vote. 

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam came out to celebrate, as did Congressman Don Beyer, Fairfax Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova, and dozens of state and local politicans and candidates. 

To see more coverage of the St. Patrick's Day Fete, click here, and be sure to check out the photos below.  

Photo Credit: Catherine Read, Linda Byrne, and George Burke


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