Friday, February 11, 2011

Gerry Connolly Not Ruling Out Senate Bid

Shortly after Senator Webb announced that he wouldn't be running for a second term in the US Senate, my thoughts immediately turned to the possibility of Rep. Gerry Connolly running for his seat. Based upon what I had heard, he also wasn't ruling out the possibility. As the time increases since Webb's announcement, there has been more and more buzz both privately and publicly about a potential Connolly for Senate campaign.

As a Roll Call article points out, one of Connolly's big selling points is his background on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Both as a Supervisor and now as a Member of Congress, the economy has been one of Connolly's focuses.
Connolly said his background leading Fairfax County, home to 600,000 jobs, could have statewide appeal should he make a bid for Senate to succeed Sen. Jim Webb. Webb, a one-term Democrat who unseated Republican Sen. George Allen in 2006, announced Wednesday he’s not running. Allen is attempting to win back his seat.

“We have more jobs than the District of Columbia,” Connolly said Thursday. He added that he could sell his record of helping to create jobs even in conservative southwest Virginia, where employment is a top concern. And he said that there are some similarities in voting patterns between Northern Virginia and the Hampton Roads area that he could tap.
Of course, one of the big things right now is there are a lot of names being thrown out there as potential Democratic candidates. When you combine this with the fact that Gerry has said he'd probably have to raise about $25 million to run a successful campaign, it's not too surprising that many of the Democrats are still saying that they're still just considering the bid.

UPDATE: A facebook page has been creating urging Gerry Connolly to run for Senate.

1 comment:

  1. What's Gerry's name recognition like outside of Northern Virginia? Seems like getting votes in Southwest and Southside would be his biggest challenge.