This past week 11th Congressional candidate Pat Herrity took time to explain his platform and answer questions to the Fairfax Area Young Republicans. Those in attendance are some of the main people who will be actively campaigning and doing the groundwork for candidates before November elections.
“I won in 2007, I won the 11th in 2009, and we’re going to win the 11th in 2010; we’re going to retire Gerry Connolly,” Herrity said to a rousing crowd. Gerry Connolly is the current Democratic Representative for the 11th district.
Herrity spoke about cutting taxes, creating jobs, and other opportunities. He emphasized his experience on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
“I have a proven record of conservative leadership on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and its that same proven record of conservative leadership that I’m going to take to Congress.”
The candidate also outlined his top priorities if elected to Congress.
“I’m on the right side of these issues and national security has got to be our nation’s number one priority – protect our borders, we need to treat terrorists as terrorists and not as U.S. Citizens. We need a Congress that doesn’t treat business as the enemy….without employers there aren’t employees and we need to get the government off the backs of our small businesses, we need to free up credit.”
Herrity had smooth sailing until the question and answer period. He stumbled a bit when asked, “What is your biggest policy difference between you and your primary opponent Keith Fimian?”
Herrity paused and looked at the questioner for about 10 seconds then said, “You know, I don’t know what our biggest policy issue is; there’s not a whole lot of differences there.”
He then went on to discuss why he believed that he was a better candidate than Keith Fimian, “It really comes down to track record, electability, and really, the ability to take out Gerry Connolly. He [Fimian] doesn’t have a voting track record so I don’t know how he would actually vote, I don’t know how he would actually lead in office to get things done…Take a 7-3 Democratic majority and cut taxes.”
He finally recovered and answered the question directly. Referring to an exchange at a forum a few weeks ago Herrity said, “ He [Fimian] said he would increase class sizes, that’s something I would clearly disagree with.”
The primary is on June 8.
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