The race in the 11th District is a whole lot more competitive than analysts first thought. Suzanne Scholte is a fine candidate who has been working hard. Career politician, entrenched incumbent and all-around jerk Rep. Gerry Connolly is in a contest.
Connolly is on the ropes in this election. He has been getting jabbed all campaign by Scholte so he is now starting to throw his typical haymakers. The Connolly campaign sent out a mailer at the end of last week attacking Scholte for being some sort of gun nut. The mailer had a picture of an empty playground with flowers and stuffed animals left behind as a memorial. The message and imagery are over-the-top, typical for a jerk like Connolly. But here’s the rub; Scholte is not a gun nut.
Yes, Scholte supports the 2nd Amendment but she has not given much space on her political messaging to mention gun rights because they are not a priority for her if elected. Connolly is trying to make a play on this issue because it saved him four years ago. In 2010 Keith Fimian was close to knocking off incumbent Connolly until Fimian made a controversial comment on gun rights, which allowed the Connolly campaign to brand Fimian as a gun nut who is not suited for the 11th District. So as Scholte gets closer the Connolly minions have dusted off their old playbook. The mailer is inappropriate and a ridiculous attempt to tilt the scales in 2014 just like gun rights tilted the scales in 2010. And it ain’t going to work, Scholte is a different candidate.
The Scholte campaign is fighting back hard. Below is their video response to Connolly’s deplorable tactics. The Connolly haymakers will continue, a sign of his desperation, but Scholte is fighting back hard.