Media Roundup: Day 1 of the General Election

Here are a few press clips from the first day of the general election.  Click on the links to read the full articles.  The bottom line is that neutral observers agree: Keith Fimian's extreme views are out of step with Northern Virginia families and the Republican Party made a huge mistake in giving him the nomination.

 

"It is a defeat of the moderate wing of the Republican Party […] [Connolly] would rather face Fimian than Herrity, who appeals more to the local demographic." - Mark Plotkin, WTOP Political Analyist, 6/9/10 

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"The more conservative candidate, businessman Keith Fimian, also prevailed against Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity in Northern Virginia's 11th Congressional District -- but again, Fimian's challenge will be to connect with the region's moderate voters and to draw a winning contrast with freshman Democrat (and pro-business moderate) Gerald E. Connolly." Washington Post, 6/9/10 

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“Fimian simply has stronger support among the very conservative core of the party. […] He has emphasized the idea that he is the true conservative in the race. […] Herrity thinks that could happen again, calling himself 'the only candidate that can beat Gerry Connolly in November.”- The Washington Post, 6/8/10 

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"Fimian is more closely associated with the Tea Party movement."- Gainesville Times, 6/2/10

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"Republican contenders Patrick Herrity and Keith Fimian engaged in a costly, ugly and perhaps suicidal primary battle. […] Connolly seems to have moved from the endangered-species list of congressional freshman to a more secure footing, all because Herrity and Fimian couldn’t resist the temptation to go nuclear on each other, rather than train their attacks on the Democrat."-The Sun Gazette, 6/9/2010

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"The nastiness of the campaign could make it difficult to coalesce the more conservative and moderate factions of the party, [Stephen] Farnsworth said." - The Examiner, 6/9/2010

Stephen Farnsworth is a Communication professor at George Mason University

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"The 11th District's recent history suggests it is favorable to centrists. Connolly and his predecessor, GOP Rep. Tom Davis, lean toward the middle ideologically, and Connolly beat Fimian in 2008 partly by arguing that the Republican was too conservative. […] "Without explicitly calling himself a moderate, Herrity said he was the only Republican who could beat Connolly. Many national party strategists privately agreed with that assessment, although some worried about the effectiveness of Herrity's campaign."- The Washington Post,6/9/10

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"The seat had been vacated by a moderate Republican, Tom Davis, who had held it for more than a decade. Fimian, who is anti-abortion, was portrayed as too extreme for this suburban Washington, D.C., district two years ago."- The Wall Street Journal, 6/9/10

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