May 2010

As we all know, the contest in VA-11 features 2 political all stars: Keith Fimian and Pat Herrity. I recently had the chance to interview Pat Herrity about his race for Congress in the 11th District.

Let’s start with the most basic question. Why run for Congress?

Our nation is at a crossroads. We need to get back on track. I’ve spent most of my life supporting conservative principles here in Fairfax County, and I can’t sit ideally by as Congress takes our Country in the wrong direction.

What is Gerry Connolly vulnerable on? What are you offering instead?

Well there are many things that he’s vulnerable on, but I’ll just start with a few things:

He’s completely out of touch with the district. He’s not the pro-business moderate that he ran on two years ago. He’s voted 97% of the time with Nancy Pelosi. Also, He’s not listening to his constituents. 70% of people did not want Obamacare, and he voted along with Democrats in Congress to pass it.

He’s helping take the country the wrong way in the wrong direction. Citizens want to see the country get back on track. I’ve got a proven record of cutting government spending, and balancing budgets. I’ve been a conservative leader on the Board of Supervisors.

What will keep this district from going back and forth from Democratic and Republican control every 2 years?

I always been about common sense solutions. We live in one of the most educated and affluent districts in the country. I think the residents of the 11th district just want common sense solutions. The hallmark of my 2 and a half years of service on the Board of Supervisors has been my constant communication and connection with constituents. I’m going to take that to Congress. The majority of the people in this district didn’t want Obamacare, but Gerry Connolly voted for it anyways.

How confident are you that you can compete with Gerry Connolly and possibly win in the Fall?

I ran for Chairman of the Board of Supervisors shortly after the 2008 election. I went from being a 10 point underdog to 1% away from winning. I ran on a message on issues that people care about and came close to winning 2 weeks after Barack Obama’s Inauguration. During that race, while I lost county-wide, I won the 11th district by 10%.

I plan on using a similar strategy of running on a message of common sense solutions to issues that people care about.

What is your response to the recent Fimian poll that showed him ahead by 13 points?

I take it with a very large grain of salt. Last year he cited polls that showed him down by 3 points before the election, yet lost by 12 points. He hasn’t released any other information about his poll. It hasn’t jived with what I’ve been hearing going door-to-door. When we released our poll, we opened it to reporters so they could look at it and make sure it wasn’t a push poll. I have no idea of knowing whether or not their poll was a push poll.

How to you respond to the accusation that you raised taxes?

There’s  line between being deceitful and just lying.  Keith is using Connolly math. Gerry Connolly dropped the tax rate when he was Chairman, but people paid double in taxes. That was a tax increase.

I have not increased taxes on the average Fairfax County family. As a matter of fact, the average Fairfax family paid about $550 less than in previous years. I’ve been a conservative leader – I’m the one with a record of cutting spending. I took on gatehouse. I voted against 2 out of 3 of the budgets. Even on the ones I voted against, they still have my spending cuts in there that I proposed.

Why the change in tide from 2008 to 2010?

Congress has taken the country the wrong way and in the the wrong direction. People understand that spending is out of control. People understand that its businesses that create jobs. 70% of people opposed Obamacare, yet they passed it anyways. People have had enough and its time for a change.

There you go! Don’t forget to vote in the primary on June 8th. For more information, visit

Look out, Zimmie!  Mark Kelly declared his candidacy for Arlington County Board in 2010.  This may be a great year to run.  People are fed up with high taxes, including growing property taxes, and his campaign is focused on loweing taxes, increasing transparency in how Arlington County spends money, and improving the Metro system — Zimmie’s on the board of Metro but doesn’t spend a whole lot of time there.

Watch this video of Kelly’s announcement speech before the Arlington County Republican Committee on May 26:

Damn. So apparently the Murray campaign’s goal is to get one fact wrong in each email that they send.

Like I said, I like Patrick Murray and have a lot of respect for him. However, someone needs to do a better job of fact-checking his emails. Check this out:

Patrick Murray was recently endorsed by the Iraq Veterans for Congress. In his email he said,

We are the only campaign in Virginia endorsed by Iraq Veterans for Congress which has received high praise from Governor Sarah Palin...


Scott Taylor, running in Virginia’s 2nd District, was also endorsed by the Iraq Veterans for Congress. Not sure how you miss that. It’s on the home page.

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I guess he missed the memo that you don’t have to be a US-born citizen to be in Congress.

I like Patrick Murray. I guess you could say that he’s my 2nd choice to take on Jim Moran. However, whoever is checking his facts and writing his emails needs a kick in the butt. First, this slip up-

Jay McConville endorses Murray: Jay carried proudly the Republican banner against Kris Amundson in the last election cycle….” Oops. Jay ran against Scott Surovell.

While after myself and Crystal Clear Conservative pointed that out, I thought that someone would double-check their emails. Apparently not. The Murray campaign just got an endorsement from Mike Lane, former member of the Arlington County Board. In his email, Murray said,

“Our campaign to defeat Jim Moran and replace him with ethical and honorable leadership for Northern Virginia ‘s 8th Congressional District received yet another major boost today with the endorsement of former Arlington County Board Member Mike Lane . Mike is the only nominated Republican to win elective office in Arlington in the last 41 years…”


While its true, its hard to come by Republicans winning in Arlington, that statement is just plain false. Dave Foster won with the Republican Party’s backing in 1999 and 2003. I’m sure that he would say that he too was a Republican to win elected office.

However, one might say that he doesn’t count, since he won non-partisan office. However, the Murray camp is still wrong. The Republicans held a majority on the County Board from 1977 to 1982, and controlled at least one County Board seat until 1995, as well as in 1999 (Mike Lane). That’s within the last 41 years..

Like I said. Somebody needs to do some fact checking.

After thinking about it and observing for a few months,  Not Jim Moran of Red NoVA has decided to endorse a candidate in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District.

Rarely ever does an election in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District stir up anything exciting. However, 2010 is a very different year. People are getting fed up with larger government, more spending, and higher taxes. Maybe its the toxic climate for Democrats, maybe its the stellar candidates, but for some reason, this year, Virginia’s 8th Congressional district is “on the map.”

Every year, Republicans line up and try and convince voters that they’re the ones to take on Jim Moran. Nobody gives them money or their time, and they lose the election by 70%. One candidate this year has proven that he’ll be different. He’s already waged a strong campaign, attacking Jim Moran on ethics issues, as well as his voting record.. Aside from that, he’s shattered fundraising records and has an aggressive online presence. He’s also gaining support, from the blogs, from party leaders, and from the rank and file voters. He has an impressive resume of government service, well educated, and is well versed on the issues.

The person I’m talking about of course is Matthew Berry.

I’ve had the pleasure of running in to him at various party meetings, seeing him speak to the College Republicans, and of course interviewing him. He’s well versed on the issues, and has the ability to amass large coalitions of supports. This past weekend he won the support of Republicans in a straw poll, by almost 70%. He’s broken fundraising records and has attacked Jim Moran every chance that he could. I rarely give candidates money. After all my candidates lost in 2008, I decided never to donate ever again. Berry changed that. Recently I donated to help him fulfill his goal of “Berry’s Patriots,” a dramatic achievement which earned him recognition by the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “Young Guns.”

It’s time that the 8th district has a Congressmen that represents the whole district. That person is Matthew Berry. On June 8th, if you live in the 8th District, please vote for Matthew Berry.

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