Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity (R) recently announced his intentions to run for Congress in Virginia’s 11th district, which is currently held by Gerry Connolly (D). Herrity was elected in 2007 and unsuccessfully ran for Chairman early last year, losing to Sharon Bulova (D) by less than 1%. Based on Herrity’s electoral history it seems prudent that he do the right thing and resign his seat on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors so that someone more interested in the job can take his place.
Running for Congress is no small task and is a fulltime job. Between working as a CFO for Fulcra Worldwide, LLC, running for Congress, and serving as supervisor – something has to give. It’s inevitable that anyone with that much on their plate will ultimately fade in some areas. Fairfax County is currently in dire straits with a budget fiasco that is witnessing a $316 million shortfall. Our schools are seeing the brunt of that shortfall, transportation is a mess, and Democrats on the Board don’t seem to have a clue as how to remedy the situation.
Fairfax County residents like me certainly can’t count on the leadership of Sharon Bulova, who actually believes the Rahm Emanuel authoritarian slogan of “not letting a crisis go to waste” is a darn good idea to implement an ultra-liberal agenda. We need interested and qualified leaders to help get us out of this mess. Pat Herrity was doing an excellent job filling that role but now it seems he feels his best days lie ahead of him in Congress.
I say more power to him; I think he would make an excellent Congressman. Of course, a stapler would make a more qualified Congressman than Gerry Connolly. But speaking from someone who spent countless hours going door to door for him in his bid for Chairman, I feel a bit slighted. It seems obvious to me that he wasn’t too enthused to actually win that position and instead was setting up a larger network of voter contacts and donors for his Congressional run.
We’ve already seen the irresponsibility of State Senator Dave Marsden (D), who ran for reelection in the 41st House district, only to announce his intentions to run for State Senate a few short weeks after barely holding on against Kerry Bolognese (R). In what now seems like a never-ending cycle of special elections in Fairfax County, another one to replace Marsden will take place March 2nd. Bolognese has announced his intentions to run again while the Democrats have countered with lobbyist and 1999 candidate Eileen Filler-Corn.
If Pat Herrity truly believes that Congress is where he needs to be then by all means he should continue his campaign and end his term as supervisor. Unfortunately, based on his history there is no telling if he even wants that seat, perhaps he is trying once again to build up his profile to run for an even higher office in the near future. One thing is for certain though; he absolutely does not want to be the Fairfax County supervisor from the Springfield district. If he does then why is he running for Congress?
Dave Marsden didn’t really want to be a delegate anymore but he ran anyway to fulfill his political ambitions. In hopes that he won’t replicate such ridiculous political chicanery, Herrity should do the honorable thing and resign. There is no shortage of good conservative candidates who don’t currently hold office in Fairfax County who are ready to lead.
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