The GOP faces a vulnerable incumbent in the 11th congressional district, first term Rep. Gerry Connolly. After the retirement of former Rep. Tom Davis (R) the district fell to the Democrats for the first time since Leslie Byrne won in 1993. As it stands now Connolly faces a backlash from the electorate due to his votes on health care, the economic recovery act, and further deficit spending.
One of the main funding mechanisms for the health care legislation was a tax on households earning over $250,000 a year. In his district lies Fairfax County and Prince William County, two of the richest counties in the country. Connolly will have to explain to one of the biggest voting blocs in his district why he found it necessary to vote to raise their taxes in the midst of an economic recession.
Taxes and the economy are clearly seminal issues all over the country and that is especially true in the 11th. The best chance that the GOP has to win in this district based on strength of these issues is to nominate businessman Keith Fimian in the primary on June 8th.
Fimian is not a typical politician. He is a self-made business owner who scrapped and saved for years before becoming the successful entrepreneur that he is today. As a young man he had a short stint playing for the Cleveland Browns and Fimian had the fiscal discipline to invest his professional football earnings in what is now an incredibly successful national home inspection business.
Fimian’s personal embodiment of the American dream gives him a certain experience that is rare in a public servant these days – he is truly someone who has walked the walk while talking the talk. He is someone who can help the people of this country realize their own dreams through advocating for conservative principles at the federal level.
Mr. Fimian believes that principles are much more important than politics. At a typical campaign stop you will usually hear him say, “I don’t need this job, I want this job.” He isn’t running to “climb the political ladder”. Like most Americans, he is simply tired of career politicians who are more concerned with attaining a higher office or cementing their hold on a current office than actually helping the people who put them there in the first place.
While most candidates make this pitch to the voters, with Fimian it’s genuine. When he unsuccessfully ran against Connolly in 2008 he was hit with attacks from every angle. While most people would not want to go through the rigors and stress of such a negative campaign, Fimian felt that it was important to get back up on the horse and continue to fight.
It’s that sort of spirit that Bearing Drift loves to see in political candidates: Fimian is a fighter and he will fight for the people of the 11th District, not roll over for the political establishment.
On the issues, Mr. Fimian has come out strongly against the economic stimulus plan, earmarks, and Obamacare. He has pledged to do everything in his power to reduce the deficit and fight against the liberal takeover of Washington, DC. To create jobs, he will work towards eliminating the capital gains tax for new businesses, prevent an increase to the income tax, suspend the federal unemployment tax and cut the payroll tax.
Fimian says that health care costs can be reduced through increased competition by allowing insurance to be sold over state lines. Taxes should also be adjusted so people can deduct costs of health insurance. Tort reform will also decrease the overall costs of health care, making the bottom line much more manageable.
The federal government must get spending under control according to Fimian. He supports a federal balanced budget amendment and an end to earmarks. He has also called for unspent TARP money to go back into the Treasury.
Fimian is pro-life, supports drilling for oil and natural gas, opposes cap-and-trade and amnesty for illegal aliens. Without a doubt, he is clearly the conservative candidate in this race and will serve the GOP well.
In a time where moderates like Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and Charlie Crist of Florida are being rejected by their constituents, its time to give voters a clear choice in November. Republicans must offer a conservative alternative.
Keith Fimian is not a lifelong politician and we believe that is a major positive. The government needs people who know more about how to run a business than they do a political campaign. The GOP must nominate a candidate who has the experience to use free market principles to reduce taxes and the deficit, while moving government out of the lives of everyday Americans.
We trust Keith Fimian to fight for what he’s promised over the course of this campaign, and for that, Bearing Drift strongly endorses Keith Fimian for the GOP nomination in the 11th congressional district.