Connolly Aims for “Most Shameful Campaign” Award
Gerry Connolly is in hiding, and he must be scared for his political life if he’s running this sort of campaign.
I just listened to the DCCC’s despicable attack on Keith Fimian, claiming that Fimian is opposed to women because a Catholic organization he belongs to apparently believes (as Ephesians 5:22-33 states) that wives should be submissive to their husbands (and husbands should give themselves up to their wives; this part was cut though,Â presumably for time constraints). Since this was a robocall with fairly low production value, there’s no source so I can’t verify (nor can I find) any of the claims the calls make; but of course the point of the call wasn’t to educate voters.
It was made to scare people into believing that Keith Fimian is a religious nutjob.
The problem with this is that Keith Fimian isn’t a nutjob, of course, unless Democrats believe that anybody who believes the Bible is a nutjob. But you won’t hear Fimian talk about that on the campaign trail because he is too in-touch with his district; moreso, it turns out, than Gerry Connolly and the DCCC. As soon as this garbage started to hit, Fimian made it clear that his focus was on issues such as energy, the economy, and national security. As it well should be, and as the voters of the 11th agree.
The only people who disagree are the folks at the DCCC, and the Connolly campaign for abetting them. I challenged the Connolly campaign a month ago to oppose the smear campaign on Fimian’s Catholocism. Connolly had no response. At first, I took that as the campaign simply ignoring a local blogger. It’s now that I realize that the Connolly campaign, for all intents and purposes, has taken a vacation and let third-parties run with their message.
Seriously, in the last month, what have you heard from the Connolly campaign? They released a poll showing them up and got the hell out of Dodge, ignoring other polling data that showed a close race with a large amount of undecided voters that need to be courted. Yet Connolly has no events on his page in the month of August, other than canvassing with national Democrats for Obama, and a house party to watch the DNC Convention.
Compare that to Fimian, who is up on TV with his new ad, regularly is holding meet and greets, stopping by at local organizations, touring the region talking about gas prices, and engaging votes on the issues that matter to them.
So where’s Connolly? There are two answers and they aren’t mutually exclusive: 1) His fundraising has taken a hit and he needs to conserve resources, and/or 2) he’s taking a step back and running a shadow campaign to smear Keith Fimian. Already, local bloggers have picked up on the narrative, a letter to the editor campaign has been waged, and now the national party is getting involved running these smears. The bloggers and the letters could have been arranged without Connolly’s help, but there’s no way that the DCCC would run this message if it wasn’t in conjunction with the Connolly campaign.
A month ago, I wondered if Connolly would take the same route Janet Oleszek tried. It was a legitimate question, as Connolly hadn’t taken any action one way or another. But now, with his campaign’s approval, they’re running and running hard on Keith being a Catholic. And Connolly doesn’t want his name attached to it, for fear of the deserved backlash.
Gerry Connolly is a corrupt and cutthroat man who has driven Fairfax County to a massive budget deficit and is now attacking his election opponent for being a faithful Catholic. Men like this don’t deserve elected office, especially in one of the most educated districts in the country. It is a shameful display, and you would have to be a complete fool or a complete hack to be proud of it.