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Is The Race On?

Amy Gardner

Gerald E. Connolly (D), chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, still hasn't moved past the "exploratory" phase of his bid for Congress. But his committee very proudly shared some early fundraising numbers to make the point that Connolly has the ability to run a well-financed campaign.

According to James Walkinshaw, who runs Connolly's exploratory committee, Connolly has raised $161,000 since the beginning of January, when he announced the formation of the committee to pursue a bid in the 11th Congressional District. By contrast, fellow Democrat Leslie L. Byrne will report at the end of the month that she raised $115,000 between the November elections and the new year, she said in an interview yesterday.

"That's in just three and a half weeks," Walkinshaw said.

Connolly has said he will announce soon whether to move on to a full-fledged campaign, thus choosing to face down Byrne in what is sure to be a heated primary race. Not coincidentally, U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.), is expected to announce this week whether he will seek an eighth term or retire to pursue a career in the private sector.

Don't be shocked if Connolly says he's in right after Davis says he's out.

"Gerry will be making a decision and an announcement in the very near future," Walkinshaw said.

By Amy Gardner  |  January 29, 2008; 12:55 PM ET
Categories:  Amy Gardner , Election 2008/Congress , Fairfax County Chairman's Race 2007 , Gerald E. Connolly , Leslie L. Byrne , Thomas M. Davis III  
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