Connolly: “To make anything out of it is partisan politics.”

By VA Blogger

The Washington Post finally got around to addressing the Connolly video Ben broke and has been featured on over a dozen local and national blogs, as well as Sean Hannity’s television show. Said Connolly’s spokesman as a response:

“It was nothing more than a joke. Everyone in the room laughed. To make anything more out of it is partisan politics.”

Right. And telling a room full of Democrats at a Democratic committee meeting celebrating the inauguration of a Democratic President by rallying support for Democratic candidates and joking about giving the other party the wrong date of the election is… what? The essence of bi-partisanship? Or as Sean Hannity might say, “Working across the aisle, Connolly-style”.


  • Alter of Freedom says:

    Gee. I wonder if people let George Allen off as easy (snark) as “people in the room laughed”….I guess that makes it all alright doesn’t it?

  • Not Larry Sabato says:

    The FCRC Chairman should be removed for sending out an email declaring it a “joke”.

    I’ve watched Gerry a long time- I can assure you, whether or not other people laughed- he was NOT kidding.

  • Loudoun Watcher says:

    No one let George Allen off easy (Snark? how old are you anyway?). I was appalled at his remark and predicted then that he would lose. And I was a HUGE supporter of Allen and worked for all his campaigns. Even after the remark, I and many others, continued to work for him. To no avail.

    By the way, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in the presence of people who made totally offensive political and otherwise remarks. I don’t laugh and I don’t cut them any slack. And neither do people I call my friends. Many times, laughter such as you describe is nervous laughter, the people laughing don’t know how else to respond. It doesn’t necessarily mean support. I suggest that those folks find a way to stand silent or to speak up. You might not earn any friends that way, but do you really need that kind of friend? I don’t think so.

  • Tom Conway says:

    Substitute the word “black” or “young” or “latino” for the word “Republican” and the media/party reaction would be totally different. Surpression of the public’s right to vote cannot be joked about or tolerated whomever the speaker, whatever the motive, whether serious or in jest. Too many have bled for this right to be realized for all Americans! I call upon Connolly to immediately apologize. If he doesn’t, the HoR should discipline him and/or Pres. Obama publicly rebuke him.

  • Alter of Freedom says:

    Watcher- “snark” means they didn’t let him off…obviously. Whats age got to do with anything????you are so inclusive in your tone its shocking. Of course Allens “macaca momment” was leveraged against him…….for absolute “partisan” gain. Could you imagine what would have been said if he released the exact statement as Connolly? Please.

  • t says:

    We need to do a FOIA request for internal Connolly, Bulova, and Hanley memoranda to ascertain whether there actually were suppression efforts to mute the conservative turnout in their respective campaigns.

    Did you see how they were laughing and clapping in the video? Can you imagine the types of things this troika says behind closed doors?

  • Grapes says:

    These miscues have opened the door for Leslie Byrne to primary Connolly for his seat, and to weaken him enough to facilitate a pro-life challenger to vigorously compete for this seat in the General election.

    Let us have a bipartisan effort to achieve this desirous outcome.

  • Alter of Freedom says:

    Grapes- NLS and Lowell Feld would absolutely love that.

  • Gerry Connolly is one of the most arrogant obnoxious people to ever hold elected office. Which makes it even more perplexing that the supposedly super educated Fairfax populace would vote this guy into any office.

    As I’ve said elsewhere and here many times, the Dems have absolutely embarassed themselves by giving us two stinky bookends like Jim Moran and Gerry Connolly in Northern Virginia. Thanks alot.

  • Anonymous says:

    Off topic, but any news on the upcoming RNC Chairman’s race, Va Blogger?

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    The Super Educated population of Fairfax County are true blue liberals. I don’t find it shocking at all that they voted in Connelly, or Moran for that matter.

    It’s kind of turn around is fair play for Connelly though, for all the years he promised and delivered pork in the Fairfax County budget, he now is in quite a pickle in his first term in the House. The gravy days are over, and although he has been bumped up to the House, he is in pretty much the same role – what is he promising and delivering to his district? I think he is a prime target for R’s in 2010.

  • Alter of Freedom says:

    He won’t be the only one, though I think he may be safer than Periello and Nye, but then it all comes down to the right (no pun) Republican candidates.

  • Not John S. Mosby says:

    It’s good to see that the people who wouldn’t vote for Connolly if he were running against Adolph Hitler don’t approve of him and are making a giant stink over nothing. I’m sure he’ll miss having your support the next 20 years he’s in Congress.

  • Not John S. Mosby says:

    Hmm, looks like yesterday, your fearless leader, Jeff “Fredrick” Frederick, made the following statement about former, disgraced President Bush in an email that was distributed.

    “With his only objective to keep the American people safe and our nation strong, he earns the privilege of being tagged with just about any smear the elected “leaders” on the other side could fit on an index card; “liar,” “traitor,” “criminal,” “evil” or “stupid.”

    Disturbingly, many of these verbal jabs bear an eerie, nearly verbatim resemblance to the taunts crudely videotaped in caves by the very enemies with whom we are at war.”

    So, once again, Frederick has said that Al-Qaeda and Democrats – or at least critics of Bush – are similar.

    Now, isn’t that type of rhetoric just a bit worse than Connolly making a joke at a private Democratic event?

  • Alter of Freedom says:

    Why am I not surprised NJSM? Your talking about a ten point swing friedn in an area people claim as trending so liberal. Davis/Hurst in 2006 and Connelly/Fimian numbers are simply reveresed by the same percentages. You think Connelly stays in for 20 years? What if Wolf steps up and Republicans have a full year and half to have Wolf work with the next Republican candidate throughout those areas he can help with. I know I said Connelly was probaly safer than Periello/Nye but 20 years? You people got real issues up your way if thats the case. I wonder how much of the issues facing the local budget are simply just carry over from years of his leadership? Its always a stink over nothing when its a Democrat now isn’t it? How about cleaning that lense for once, it doesn’t matter who said this its just plain wrong and unneccessary, but then if the GOP is so weakened there now why would it be neccessary in the first place?

  • Not John S. Mosby says:


    That’s the simple reality of the situation. Connolly is popular in Fairfax. His district will get smaller with the 2010 redistricting – not as much as Wolf’s, but a bit. He won by 16 points in an open election, taking over a Republican seat. I don’t know if he’ll be in for 20 years, but the point is, you guys are making a giant stink about nothing. None of you were at the event, so you have no idea what was said immediately before and after that joke, which was an intro for Sharon. Especially since it was referencing the Republican “effort”, if we can call it that, in Tidewater this past election with handing out flyers telling people who plan to vote Democratic to vote on different day since the lines were expected to long and only Republicans vote one day, Democrats another.

    Coming from Chesterfield, you should know a bit about “ballot security”. Do the Chesterfield sheriffs still park police cars outside minority precincts on election day?

    I remember a lot of questions came up from first-time volunteers for the past election, when we were working in-person absentee especially – do we help out voters who are clearly Republican? It’s pretty easy to tell, when someone drives up with a McCain bumper sticker on their car or something. Out answer is simple – help out all voters. Democrats do not believe in voter suppression of any kind. We don’t challenge voters at the poll if they’re house has been repossessed, or infer that they may be felons and can’t vote, or anything of the sort.

  • Alter of Freedom says:

    You mean Americans do not believe in voter suppression right? There you go again making assumptions about allegiances, especially mine. I know you want to drive out every single conservative from the Democrat Party but I guess you can rely on a few of those voter turnout organizations like ACORN to fill the ranks. Thats fine, but then thankfully they were not really in play in Virginia where we value people for more than just the Party they belong to because afterall if stats and datapoints are correct most of us have supported both at some point. I realize the liberals want to make it out like Virginia is all blue and all but in reality as even Kaine says Virginia is largely independent. And BTW this voter is a Republicrat and support people not openly misguided Party appointees like Gilmore for example. Connolly beat Byrne by 16 points?Shocker there. Even Connolly knows that the district is not liberal loon yet and was smart enough to play the middle against her even when folks like Lowell Feld at Raising Kaine was so in the tank for her. She would have been better off moving to Arlington and setting up shop.

  • Not John S. Mosby says:


    Once again, I provide a specific answer to a specific question. In this example, being a Democrat who ran a lot of Democratic volunteers in the last election, I SPECIFICALLY said that Democrats are against voter suppression. This does not mean that NON DEMOCRATS aren’t. I know you used to be a jarhead, by try and keep up. Do not read my posts as insinuating anything. If I have something to say, I write it. No need to parse tea leaves with my writings.

  • t says:

    [15] A man accustomed to use insulting words
    will never become disciplined all his days.

  • Va Blogger says:

    “Democrats do not believe in voter suppression of any kind.”

    Uh, dude? I understand when you’re posting comments on this blog, you’re proudly wearing your jersey for your team, but I’d shy away from making incredibly broad categorizations that you can’t begin to back up.

  • novamiddleman says:

    NJSM is one of the good guys but unfortunatly it doesn’t hold true for everyone. I vote in a very blue precient and I have been verbally accosted on several occassions.

    The other points are correct as well. VA-11 is trending Blue and will continue to do so. I really don’t understand why the video is such a big deal. It is kind of ironic that NLS started it since he is a democrat.

  • NLS started it because NLS knows what a scumbag Connolly is! Yes, he’s sensationalist (as is this incident) but he knows an obnoxious blowhard when he sees one.

  • Not John S. Mosby says:

    No, NLS started it because he was/is a Leslie Byrne supporter. He’s never cared for Gerry, but for the last year, the tipping point for him has been Byrne. Gerry was competing with Byrne, therefor Ben slung mud. Later, when Tim Kaine endorsed Gerry, Ben and Lowell went into fits of rage and suddenly Kaine became evil. Who knows who’s next over there, if Leslie decides to run for dogcatcher then I’m sure whoever runs the county animal shelter will become a target as well.

  • Not John S. Mosby says:


    Of course I see it from a Democrat’s viewpoint, but my point is, at least in Fairfax, we put the word out to be cool to all voters. Now, volunteers are volunteers, and occasionally shoot their mouths off. This happens more often in Presidential election years, when there are more volunteers and a lot of 1st time volunteers as well. But, my point is, we don’t send mailers out with false dates on them, nor robocall with bad info, lit drops, that kind of thing. Do some Democrats somewhere in the US do that? Possibly, but not in Fairfax. Which is where this event happened.

  • Alter of Freedom says:

    I can not remember the last time a guy who won his primary by 16 points was getting such a beating by his own team (veen after he won in the general)…….btw was it that Gerry was so much better or Byrne simply just aweful? I wonder. Well, I guess he has about 20 months to recover from this now doesn’t he?

  • Not John S. Mosby says:


    It’s called extreme bitterness, much more so on Ben’s part than Lowell’s. Ben is fairly immature and it shows a lot. He’s really alienated himself from a lot of Democrats, which are the people he needs to further his career. Oh well, maybe he’ll figure it out someday.

    It’s ok to have disagreements and factions within a party, it’s good in a way since it minimizes groupthink and brings fresh ideas in. But Ben takes it way over the line into petty hatred because he didn’t get his way. Obama was last on my list of Democrats I wanted to win the nomination, but he won it and I supported him. During the primaries, I wasn’t for him, but I was never against him. Ben just doesn’t see the value of pragmatism. He’s a “my way or the highway” guy in his politics. He believes it’s good to try and destroy a Democrat he feels is unworthy, regardless of what others think.

    That said, when he sticks to his basic analysis of races, his stuff is good. It’s just that he’s reduced his blog down to sniping amongst Democrats, and very little else.

  • Not John S. Mosby says:

    And Alter, Connolly doesn’t have the support of everyone, but he’s very popular in mainstream Democratic circles. Just as Kaine and Jim Moran are. They all have their doubts, but on the whole, do good jobs. Connolly is not taking a beating by his own team, unless that team only consists of angry, bitter supporters of failed primary challengers who have blogs.

  • Alter of Freedom says:

    Maybe Ben and Brian Kirwinn oughtta do lunch. Seems like the GOP has its own share of the same dynamic.

  • Not John S. Mosby says:

    Idealogues on either extreme are near-impossible to work with.

  • t says:

    [15] “`I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot!
    [16] So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.

  • Alter of Freedom says:

    To be or not to be….I though that was the question? t-

  • G. Stone says:

    “Gerry Connolly is one of the most arrogant obnoxious people to ever hold elected office. Which makes it even more perplexing that the supposedly super educated Fairfax populace would vote this guy into any office.”

    What LI said. So, much for the collective IQ in FFX county.

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