Herrity vs. Fimian: Spin, Spin, Spin

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    The spin from the two Republican candidates in Virgnia’s 11th CD is making me dizzy, how about you?

    Keith Fimian: “Keith raised nearly $280,000 in the first quarter of 2010 and has more than $600,000 on-hand.  Fimian out-raised Herrity despite it being Herrity’s first quarter in the race.  Fimian maintains a 3-to-1 cash advantage over Herrity.”

    Pat Herrity:

    I raised $278,045 in 9 short weeks – that is more than my primary opponent raised during the 10 weeks I was in the race and about the same as he raised in the whole quarter…More than 860 people have contributed to my campaign, which is much higher than my primary opponent and shows my significant grassroots support…Over 98% of my contributors live in Northern Virginia – this is significantly greater than my opponent. The voters in the 11th district are financially supporting my campaign…My average contribution is significantly lower than my primary opponents and again shows the depth of the grassroots support I have in Northern Virginia….My opponent is reporting a cash on hand advantage as he has been in the race for over a year. Fortunately much of it is a personal loan to the campaign that he has not yet committed to contribute and use in this campaign. It also includes a significant amount of money that cannot be used in the primary.

    The actual numbers? Herrity raised $275,045 and has “cash on hand” of $194,989, not counting debt of $27,757. Fimian raised $278,497 and has “cash on hand” of $609,540, not counting debt of $126,190.  In comparison, Rep. Gerry Connolly raised $446,160 and has $1,037,305 cash on hand with no debt.  In other words, Herrity has less than 1/5th the money Connolly has, while Fimian has about 3/5th.  

    For Herrity in particular, this has got to be highly disappointing, despite his frantic spin.  The fact is, this should have been Herritys’ best quarter, as candidates almost always get the “low hanging fruit” in the first quarter of their candidacies.  Unfortunately for Herrity, it’s probably all downhill from here.  As if that’s not bad enough, Herrity also appears to be spending a lot of money on overhead and consultants. Rookie mistake?

    • Teddy Goodson

      give Herrity a boost? We may be a transient area, but there must be plenty of people who recall his father with fondness (we even have a road named for him, do we not?); or, has Pat’s record on the Fairfax BOS not made him friends out of the friends of his father? Is Pat really doing poorly?

    • martinlomasney

      He doesn’t have to rely on Dad’s name recognition there.  Dad’s name would help him in Sully & Braddock.

      He’ll need $$ in PWC.

    • Glen Tomkins

      “Herrity also appears to be spending a lot of money on overhead and consultants. Rookie mistake?”

      Cuccinelli assures us that he was able to bring in his Constitution-altering lawsuit against Obamacare for just $350.  (Or was that $150?  I think they had to retract the earlier claim because the filing fee alone was $350.)  Why waste money on a bunch of fancy “experts” who actually know Constitutional Law, when you can get the text of a lawsuit for free from unpaid help coming out of some Bible college law school, or other wingnut academy?

      I’m sure the management geniuses in the Republican/Tea Party can figure out how to bring in a winning campaign for a mere House seat for significantly less than $350.  

      You’re right, Herrity needs to fire all those consultants who are wasting his money, and turn to the wise elders of his party, folks like our AG, for all of his messaging and money management advice.  That’s my advice to Herrity, which I offer gratis, for all that it’s worth.

    • Those figures, from both candidates, look really low to me. I realize that some Republican will tell me that he’s thrilled with the numbers (dems would likely try to spin the same) but speaking as an individual, if my candidate had either of those numbers at this point in the game, I would be concerned. This is an expensive area in which to run, even in a primary.  Money isn’t a make or break factor, obviously, but no one likes going without it.  

    • Tom

      I think a debate would be the most fun event we could witness. Neither has a clue about what a sitting Congressman actually has to do, so they will exposing their own and each others’ ignorance as they make up stuff and try to make it look like fact.

      I live at Heritage Hunt in Gainesville and if they do have a debate here I’ll certainly enjoy attending and watching them make fools of themselves.

      Speaking of my community, my hero Charlie Deane (remember 9500 Liberty ?) who is PWC Chief of Police lives at Heritage Hunt (an active adult community)it was probably just a coincidence that Cief Deane lives here but I noticed about a week after we saw huge Fimian signs along the curb strip just outside the HH gate they were all suddenly gone. PWC only allows campaign signs to be placed on public rights of way two weeks before a primary or general election. At least one advantage of Pat having no money yet to pay for signs is that he doesn’t have to worry about having his signs removed when he puts them up too early. Actually, I have seen Herrity signs in Fairfax County so Pat does have a few.

      This GOP primary is a fun thing to watch. I guess Fimian will have to spend some of his money he loaned his campaign pretty soon.

                               T.C.