Fimian: “Herrity Votes to Raise Property Tax Rate 13%”

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    Although he’s almost certain to lose to Pat Herrity in the 11th CD Republican primary on June 8, Keith Fimian isn’t going down without a fight.

    On April 27, 2009, Pat Herrity voted to raise the real property tax rate from $.92 to 1.04 per $100 assessed. A whopping 13% tax increase in just one year! This amounted to an increase of about $550 on the average Fairfax County home.

    Pat Herrity and other politicians say that because Fairfax County homes went down in value, the tax rate increase was not a tax increase at all.  More political double speak. Fairfax homeowners are now paying as much or more in taxes on homes worth far less.

    From sane peoples’ perspectives, of course, raising the property tax rate to compensate for a decline in home values is simply prudent fiscal management of a county budget (which must, of course, be balanced). With Republicans, however, it might as well be “communist” or “socialism” or “unAmerican” or something heinous like that. Over at the aptly named Too Conservative blog, head honcho Vince Harris seems to think that Herrity might fall into one of those infamous categories, but the Too Conservative commenters strongly disagree (sample comment: “How ugly. Shame on Keith. Day by day, he’s losing all respect that we had for him. No matter how low he goes, he’ll never be our Congressman. How sad.”).

    Meanwhile, Democrats are enjoying sitting back, popping some popcorn, and watching these two Republican’ts savage each other. 🙂

    • jsrutstein

      Perhaps Fimian did something to disqualify himself that I missed, but I would have expected the Herrity cheerleaders at Too Conservative to point it out.

      Primary Day is not that far away.  Fimian has plenty of his own money he could put into his campaign.  The GOP at all levels really really wants this seat.  The momentum within the GOP at all levels is coming from the Tea Party crowd.  The Tea Party crowd has got to favor Fimian over Herrity.  Herrity’s vote to raise taxes, which only happened four days ago, may energize Grover Norquist and his gang to get behind Fimian.

      Regardless of whatever the polls and conventional wisdom might have shown and said to this point, I don’t see why Fimian couldn’t generate the type of late enthusiasm that would give him the turnout to beat Herrity.

      And I’m saying all this as someone who wants to see the seat remain in Dem hands.  If Fimian were to beat Herrity, I could see the GOP at all levels extend a lot of help to Fimian to try and defeat Connolly.

    • totallynext

      June 8th should be on the tongue of all “wink” voters.

      In my precinct – the SR all have Herrity sides – those are the precinct captains and the workers – that should tell a little bit of the expected outcome.

      But – again – Open Primary (absentee ballots) a lot of things could happen