While this comes as no surprise, The Washington Post endorsed Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) to another term in Congress. After all, The Post editorial board would rather endorse a liberal than look from a fair and balanced perspective. However, this endorsement had a nice flaw though.
And Mr. Connolly has established himself as a fiscal moderate, for instance by opposing higher taxes on the wealthy to finance health-care reform.
Fiscal moderate and Connolly do not go hand-in-hand. Perhaps, The Post forgot to do their research on Connolly’s record (both as Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and as a Member of Congress). While serving as Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Connolly raised property taxes, increased spending by 56 percent, and left Fairfax County with a $650 million shortfall. Since being elected in 2008 to serve as Congressman, Connolly has voted for $600 billion in tax increases, including the cap and trade energy tax. Connolly also voted for the health care bill, which will continue to raise taxes, along with extending the death tax.
Does being a fiscal moderate include raising taxes on your constituents and increasing government spending? The Post evidently thinks so. Meanwhile, those in the 11th District might have a different outlook.
Cross posted at Crystal Clear Conservative