Where’s Gerry Connolly?
Going to Connolly’s website, his most recent press release was the release of his internal poll from mid-July. Six weeks ago. Where’s Gerry?
Unlike previous years and other Congressional candidates, Connolly didn’t attend the DNC Convo in Denver. Where’s Gerry?
Fimian has been on TV for a week now, and is increasing his presence when we get into the post-Labor Day sixty-day sprint. Where’s Gerry?
Even looking at Connolly’s campaign calendar, he has four events total for the months of August, September, and October, and two of them are canvassing run by national Democrats in support of Obama and Warner. The others are a convention watching party and fundraiser at a sushi bar. Where’s Gerry?
With no active campaigning or paid media, two events in the district, no national presence, dodging questions on energy, and no updates on his website, it’s safe to say that Connolly has put his campaign on hold. He’s allowed local bloggers and the DCCC to push the ridiculous “Fimian is a religious nutjob” angle, while he takes a step back. The question is why?
I can only think of two reasons: He thinks he has the election locked up, which is irresponsibly cocky given the fact it’s an open seat and Fimian’s more recent poll shows the race at four points and McCain leading Obama; or he’s out of money and had trouble fundraising. But even that wouldn’t explain the lack of local events.
So where’s Gerry? Any thoughts?
UPDATE: (12:30 a.m.) When I got home tonight a reader had emailed me: “maybe its due to health problems. gerry smokes a pack a day.” I hadn’t even considered this, but it makes more sense than the two options above. Thoughts?