Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Bye Tom. Gerry, money isn't everything.

Today, Tom Davis officially announced his retirement at the end of his term this year.

Gerry Connolly is still officially in the exploratory phase of his campaign for VA-11.

The Washington Post recently reported that Connolly has raised a sum of money that I think is more than Leslie Byrne has raised, even though Byrne's campaign started just after election day last year, while Connolly's exploratory bid started this year.

I'm going to take a wild guess that the other two announced Dem candidates, Denneny and Alexander, are far behind Connolly and Byrne in fundraising.

I'm going to take another wild guess that none of those mentioned as GOP candidates, Fimian, Connaughton, etc., will be able to outraise either Byrne or Connolly, particularly during the general election period.

As I've opined before, the only even arguable advantage Connolly has over Byrne is that he's never lost a race to Davis.

Without Davis on the ballot, I feel more strongly than ever that for the good of the Dem Party and, more importantly, for the good of the District, Connolly should opt not to run for VA-11.

Even if Byrne and Connolly were to wage a completely fair and honest primary battle, I see no reason for Connolly to make Byrne spend the money and distract her from the goal of putting the seat in the Dem column.

Being Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors ain't chopped liver, and a big majority of Fairfax County voters very recently expressed their trust that Connolly can and should perform that job.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Leslie offers nothing new to the Democrats of the 11th District. As the previous writer said, money is not everything. Doug Denneny is by far the better choice for the Dems of the 11th District. Leslie's comment about "I wrote a letter" about Iraq is silly -- Doug FOUGHT in Iraq, worked with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He offers the Dems credibility on national security issues that neither Leslie or Gerry could even dream about. We Dems need to convince people that we are serious about national security and get people to understand that national security is not solely dependent upon military might. Who better than a highly decorated Naval aviator (and TOPGUN instructor)to make that case?

jsrutstein said...

Nothing against Denneny, but, while money isn't everything, money is something. The reason why I'm asking Connolly to stay out of the race and not asking Denneny or Alexander to get out is because I don't see a downside to the eventual Dem nominee by their staying in the race. If they can win the nomination despite their lack of political experience, lack of support from important institutions like labor unions, and, yes, lack of money, more power to them. For better or worse, I think Byrne will not have to spend much to fend them off, and she won't be distracted by their candidacies from the goal of defeating the GOP nominee in November.

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