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CONNOLLY FALLS SHORT PAYING PARTY DUES

By BEN PERSHING, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

There was good news for Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-Va.) this election cycle: After barely holding his seat in 2010, he won reelection this time with more than 60 percent of the vote. And he did so with plenty of cash to spare in his campaign account. Now the bad news: Some of his fellow Democrats noticed.

VaNews November 29, 2012



CONNOLLY’S RECORD IN CONGRESS IS MORE SUBSTANCE THAN FLASH

By CORINNE REILLY, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Congress has tackled a lot of big issues in the past four years, from health-care reform and the debt ceiling to wars and the Arab Spring. What Rep. Gerald E. Connolly considers his own biggest achievements in that time may seem mundane by comparison, but you wouldn’t know it as he ticked them off. “Telework,” the Virginia Democrat declared enthusiastically, referring to a bill he introduced to encourage government employees to work from home. With equal gusto, he explained the importance of his efforts to beef up the Federal Acquisition Institute, improve the experiences of government interns and make federal jobs more flexible and desirable.

VaNews October 23, 2012



PERKINS: REGION COULD LOSE BILLIONS IF CONGRESS FAILS TO ACT

By KEITH WALKER, News Messenger

Chris Perkins, who is running to unseat Democratic Rep. Gerald E. “Gerry” Connolly in the 11th Congressional District, said that Northern Virginia is on the verge of losing billions of dollars in defense spending. The cuts would come under sequestration, a mechanism to force automatic, across-the­board spending cuts if Congess exceeds its authorized spending limit or fails to pass the Budget Control Act of 2011.

VaNews September 20, 2012



INCUMBENT LAWMAKERS MAINTAIN BIG FUNDRAISING EDGE

By BEN PERSHING, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Northern Virginia’s incumbent members of Congress continue to enjoy massive cash advantages over their challengers, new fundraising reports show, making it increasingly unlikely that the region will host any genuinely competitive races in November. The state’s new congressional district map was drawn to protect sitting lawmakers in both parties and those incumbents are now making themselves even safer by raking in campaign checks.

VaNews July 17, 2012



CONNOLLY URGES MCDONNELL TO PARTICIPATE IN MEDICAID EXPANSION

By ANITA KUMAR, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly is urging Gov. Bob McDonnell to avoid “a costly and historic mistake” by opting Virginia out of the federal health-care law’s Medicaid expansion. In a letter to McDonnell (R) and legislators Wednesday, the Northern Virginia Democrat said the state would lose more than $9.2 billion in federal money over the first five years of the new health-care law if it doesn’t participate in the expansion. “It is time to put policy decisions ahead of political posturing for the good of the commonwealth and its citizens,” Connolly said.

VaNews July 12, 2012



CONNOLLY FACES MODERATE REPUBLICAN IN N.VA.

By STEVE CONTORNO, Washington Examiner

After staving off back-to-back challenges from the same conservative opponent, Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly is in a more liberal Northern Virginia district, but also facing a more moderate -- and therefore more threatening -- Republican challenger. Connolly's challenger this fall, retired Green Beret Chris Perkins, supports abortion rights as long as taxpayer dollars aren't involved and repeatedly refused to sign a pledge to never raise taxes. He is, in short, starkly different from Keith Fimian, the pro-life, pledge-signing conservative businessman whom Connolly beat in 2008 but only barely outdistanced in 2010.

VaNews June 25, 2012



PERKINS TO FACE CONNOLLY IN THE 11TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT RACE

By KEITH WALKER , News Messenger

Chris S. Perkins will face Rep. Gerald E. “Gerry” Connolly in the November race for the 11th Congressional District. Perkins, a retired U.S. Army Special Forces colonel, seems to have beaten his opponent, Ken Vaughn, a self-employed traffic safety engineer, to win Tuesday’s Republican primary.

VaNews June 13, 2012



EX-DEMOCRATIC RISING STAR WITH VA. TIES SWITCHES PARTIES

By ALEX ISENSTADT, Politico

Former Alabama Rep. Artur Davis announced Tuesday that he’s cutting ties with the Democratic Party, and said that he’s considering future bid for Congress as a Republican. The former congressman is considering challenging Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly, a two-term incumbent who represents northern Virginia, where Davis is currently living.

VaNews May 30, 2012



GERRY CONNOLLY’S CAMPAIGN WAR CHEST TOPS $1 MILLION

By BEN PERSHING, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Rep. Gerald Connolly is unlikely to have nearly as tight a race this year as he did in 2010, but he keeps socking money away just in case. According to his campaign, the Northern Virginia Democrat will report to the Federal Election Commission that he raised more than $400,000 in the first three months of 2012, with over $1 million in the bank as of March 31.

VaNews April 13, 2012



REP. CONNOLLY KICKS OFF REELECTION BID WITH ST. PAT’S EVE PARTY

By FREDRICK KUNKLE, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Hundreds of Northern Virginia Democrats turned out for Rep. Gerry Connolly’s annual St. Patrick’s Day party Friday evening, and their bubbly mood could not be explained by beer alone.

VaNews March 19, 2012