Can we afford Gerry Connolly?

By VA Blogger

Mark Warner opposes it. Even Brian Moran opposes it. Yet Gerry Connolly, knowing full well his constituents spend countless hours in traffic, fully supports raising the gas tax at a time when working families are facing tough choices due to rising prices.

From the Great Falls Connection, July 2007:

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors chairman Gerald Connolly pushed for the tax package, even though he would have preferred an increase in the gas tax, a measure that was rejected by the Virginia General Assembly several times.

From the Mt. Vernon Gazette, July 2008:

Connolly said he is in favor of the Virginia Senate Democrats’ plan, which includes a six-cent increase in the gas tax over six years.

Compare that to Keith Fimian’s position on energy:

Our long term solutions must include a sensible combination of increased domestic energy production from natural gas, clean-burning coal, wind and solar power, as well as advanced nuclear energy.

The choice could not be clearer. Keith Fimian will fight for energy independence and long-term solutions to lower gas prices and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Gerry Connolly will fight to raise the gas tax, over the objections of even members of his own party, to make you pay more at the pump.


Comments

  • I hate to seem too shallow, but how can anyone look at Connolly and want to vote for him? Maybe it’s just that my opinion of him is so clouded by his obnoxiousness that I find him extremely unappealling. I still cannot believe that this jerk is the favorite to be the next Congressman from Virginia. He’ll certainly make a wonderful pair with Jim Moran if he ends up getting elected. What a shudder-inducing thought that is.

  • AFF says:

    While I can’t speak to Gerry Connolly’s obnoxiousness he’s right about the gas tax.

  • Lee J says:

    We need to keep gas prices high so alternative energy does not stall out. I have a friend that I grow up with from college on in Houston who now one of the VP’s of one one of the major oil companies in houston. First he says there is no oil shortage and yes they are making so much money they like to bury it for the rainy day. And they would love to drill more off shore so they can sell more oil overseas not here mind you because we have plenty here. The drilling more off shore is not going to make much of a difference in the big picture as it will take 10 years to get it and hopefully by then we are well on our way to alternative energy and conservation by then  And I say yes tax the price of gas to keep it around the 4 dollar mark. And guess what the oil companies are all investing heavily in alternative energy so they still want to have control over americas energy supply and sources.

  • Lee J says:

    I also say have a tax on gas that floats with the price to keep it constant. As gas goes up the tax goes down and as gas goes up the tax goes down.

  • NoVA Scout says:

    I’m no fan of Connolly and will not vote for him, but you’re comparing very different things when you compare Connolly’s comments on funding for transportation infrastructure in Virginia (or Northern Virginia) with Fimian’s comments on a national energy policy on diversifying away from foreign crude imports. I’m not sure that one has anything to do with the other.

    A gas tax is one of several responsible and rational fiscal approaches to funding roads, bridges, overpasses et al. It has the advantage of being directly related to highway use. It’s a tough sell politically when gas prices are as high as they are, but a dedicated gas tax apportioned as it necessarily is by road usage, is not the worst idea that Virginians have been confronted with from their elected leaders of both parties.

    There are drawbacks to any tax, but one of Virginia’s big problems is that there have been no more than a half-dozen pols or elected officials who have been willing to talk turkey about how one pays for necessary infrastructure. Our party has hypnotized itself out of its former reputation for conservative financial management by running for the hills any time someone wants to address these problems intelligently. I frankly give Connolly credit for not be afraid to talk about this. And this from someone who isn’t willing to give him much credit for anything else.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    LI, Connolly has been referred to as “the toad” for quite some time by many FFx County employees. Maybe that will give you another visual.

  • t says:

    LI,

    Gerry’s double-chin is a fitting visual signifying the largesse of a pro-abortion, anti-Christian, anti-traditional marriage philosophy.

    Reprehensible.

  • Grapes says:

    Here toady, toady….

  • 6, 7, and 8… keep’in it classy.

    A sad note that some in the so called “conservative” movement now take their rhetorical cues from sixth graders.

  • Loudoun lady says:

    Edmund, Up your nose with a rubber hose.

  • Spitballs at thirty paces? We can settle this once and for all.

  • Loudoun lady says:

    High Noon in the Mall parking lot.

  • My mom won’t let me go to the mall and after reading this she’s taken away my straws.

    Where is G. Stone and my right to keep and bear straws when you need them?

  • G. Stone says:

    Both of you stop it ! you’ll poke your eye out !

  • G. Stone says:

    A sad note that some in the so called “conservative” movement now take their rhetorical cues from sixth graders.
    - edmundburkenator

    The fact that his own staff and many in the employment of FFX county refer to him in less than a flattering manner speaks volumes. It is what it is.

    This guy is everything that is wrong with politics. He is a despicable little man who has rightfully earned the nick name of a reptile by those who know him best. The fact that this guy could end up in the United States Congress is a joke.

  • NoVA Scout says:

    amphibian, to be precise, GS

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