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UPDATE: Connolly Cruisers at the 2011 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure!

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The Connolly Cruisers came out in record numbers to support the 2011 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure!

Our team won the Politico “State of Pink” challenge for a third consecutive year. The effort to raise awareness and fund breast cancer research is dear to our hearts.  Recently, a senior staff member lost his spouse, Jessica, to breast cancer. The Connolly Cruisers dedicated their race efforts in her memory.  Congressman Connolly and his staff would like to thank all of the participants and supporters who contributed to the success of this event.

Support the Connolly Cruisers in the Race for the Cure!


Join Team Connolly as we participate in the 2011 Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure. On June 4th, The Connolly Cruisers will walk or run the 5k route in an effort to raise awareness and funds to benefit breast cancer research. 

Finding a cure for breast cancer is a cause dear to our hearts. With your participation we can make an even bigger difference. Please consider joining our team. 

Visit our page to sign up or to donate:

Endorsement Wrap up

Gerry Connolly has run the table on major newspaper endorsements in this campaign. Gerry has received the endorsement of every Northern Virginia newspaper that has endorsed, including the The Washington Post, The The Fairfax Times, The Potomac News & Messenger, The Connection Newspapers, The Chronicle Newspapers, and The Falls Church News Press. Read what our local news papers had to say about the race.


Read why our local newspapers have endorsed Gerry Connolly for Congress:


"His command of local issues in Northern Virginia is impressive, as is his forward-looking advocacy for mass transit options to ease traffic."


"Mr. Connolly has established himself as a fiscal moderate, for instance by opposing higher taxes on the wealthy to finance health-care reform. He deserves reelection."


Former Congressman Tom Davis and Gerry Connolly are "savvy, detail-oriented centrists."



"...led the county with vision enthusiasm and direction... seizing the opportunity to make major progress in the environment, transportation"


"[Connolly's] detailed, hands-on experience from his years in local government combined with his intellect and grasp of the complex issues facing his district and the nation position him to accomplish much in Congress as well."



"...Connolly's history of getting things done.'


"He also championed a pro-business environment that was instrumental in attracting at least two Fortune 500 companies to Fairfax and friendly to small businesses."


"His 13 years in county government give him a decided advantage when it comes to identifying local needs and making sure they get to the right people and places."



What they had to say about Keith Fimian:

"Keith Fimian [is] among those Republicans and their radical Tea Party flank" - Falls Church News Press

"Keith S. Fimian, the politically extreme, scantily informed Republican" - The Washington Post

"Unlike [Former Congressman Tom] Davis and Mr. Connolly, who cut their teeth as nuts-and-bolts problem-solvers in the unglamorous arena of local government, Mr. Fimian is an ideologue with sparse experience of local issues who has embraced much of the Tea Party's dogma.Mr. Fimian is an ideologue with sparse experience of local issues who has embraced much of the Tea Party's dogma." - The Washington Post


"Mr. Fimian would join the querulous ranks of representatives in Congress who offer plenty of views on the nation's challenges but no workable solutions." - The Washington Post


"We're rarely impressed when 90 percent of [Fimian's] platform involves trashing [his] opponent." - The Fairfax Times


"If Keith Fimian were to be elected to Congress, Northern Virginia would be worse off." - The Fairfax Connection


"If Fimian understands the role of government or the complexities of either the local or national economy, he has not demonstrated that knowledge over the course of two campaigns." - The Fairfax Connection

Vote Early for Gerry




Fimian's Bonus



Small Business Bill

Gerry Answers a Question on Transportation

Letter to the Editor: Fimian's abortion views are extreme


Keith Fimian has found another way to prove that his positions are too extreme for moderate Northern Virginia voters. His anti-choice beliefs, for example, reflect a radical agenda, even for pro-life moderates. The safety and health of women is an important issue, one that should not be viewed in such an extreme, black-and-white fashion. Mr. Fimian refuses to consider the gray areas of this issue, and he will undoubtedly attempt to instill such unreasonable beliefs onto others, should he be elected. 

Mr. Fimian freely admits that he would deny women the right to end a pregnancy regardless of circumstance. Indeed, he refused to offer an insurance plan that would cover procedures to terminate a pregnancy, even if a woman’s life was at stake. I understand the resistance toward abortion as a form of birth control. The decision to undergo this procedure should be taken seriously and deserves deliberation, but it should not be denied outright by bureaucrats or politicians at any level — state or federal. The choice to have an abortion in a safe environment, performed by a medical professional, should not be denied to women, especially ones whose lives are at risk. To claim otherwise and insist that a woman should be forced to die as the result of a pregnancy is extreme, unyielding and unreasonable. 

I believe that other moderate voters would agree with me when I say that I think that someone who takes a “pro-life” position would not be so quick to disregard or devalue any human life, including those of raped or at-risk pregnant women. According to Mr. Fimian, these women’s lives are worth less than other lives. These women, according to Mr. Fimian, do not have the same right to life. That position is far too extreme, far too black-and-white for a congressman, and he will not have my support this November.



Click here to read the entire News and Messenger editorial page.


Falls Church News-Press Endorses Gerry Connolly


The first news paper endorsement of the 2010 campaign goes to Gerry Connolly. The  strongly endorsed Gerry Connolly because during his first term in Congress he has tirelessly fought for the people of Northern Virginia. The endorsement goes on to say that the economy is better off with Gerry's pragmatic approach to creating a pro-business environment. The News-Press accurately characterizes Keith  Fimian's extreme views as out of step with the region, even for most Republicans. 

Click here to read the Falls Church News-Press endorsement for the 11th District.

League of Conservation Voters Endorse Gerry Connolly

On September 1, we learned that Gerry earned the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund.  The LCV is a leading national non-profit organization that advocates for environmental values and public policy to protect the environment.  

LCV President Gene Karpinski said, "Congressman Connolly has been an outstanding leader during his first term in ensuring that America leads the 21st century’s clean energy economy.  We are proud to endorse Congressman Connolly for re-election because he understands that the policies needed to build a clean energy economy that puts Virginians back to work will at the same time reduce our dependence on foreign oil and curb harmful global warming pollution."

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