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Congressman Connolly D-VA Veterans Unqualified to Serve in Congress
Las Vegas TSG Business News ^ | 29 Oct 2012 | unk

Posted on 10/31/2012 12:42:02 PM PDT by Sarajevo

Virginia Congressman: Veterans “Unqualified to Serve” in Congress Because Deployments Prevent Veterans from Serving Local Communities

Fairfax, VA – Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11) shocked constituents by suggesting that military Veterans are unqualified to serve in Congress because their deployments prevent them from putting “sweat equity” into the districts they hope to serve in Congress.

Congressman Connolly is running against Colonel Chris Perkins, a retired officer who served most of his more than 24 years in uniform as an Army Green Beret deployed overseas. Connolly has repeatedly suggested that Perkins’ lack of local involvement because of his military career makes him unqualified to hold federal office.

In an October 22nd Washington Post interview, Connolly “dismisses Perkins as unqualified” for Congress, despite Colonel Perkins’ many leadership assignments that included command of a Special Forces Battalion of over six-hundred men, and numerous combat deployments.

While speaking to a local Chamber of Commerce a few weeks earlier, Connolly asked the audience, “Where has my opponent been” while Connolly served in local government for 16 years.

Days later at a neighborhood civic association, Congressman Connolly subsequently pressed his line of attack dismissing Colonel Perkins’ extensive military experience saying, “I expect a [Congressional] candidate to have demonstrated some sweat-equity” on local issues, ignoring the 24 years Colonel Perkins served as an Army Green Beret.

“I am disappointed that Congressman Connolly believes that military men and women are ‘unqualified to serve in Congress’ of the country they gave their lives to protect and defend,” said Colonel Chris Perkins. “Connolly’s statements are outrageous and demonstrate an out-of-touch career politician that thinks that only those who climb the ladder of local politics can graduate to higher office.”

“By Congressman Connolly’s standard, many of our forefathers, including George Washington and Dwight Eisenhower, would have been ‘unqualified’ to hold office,” continued Colonel Perkins. “His statements are offensive to every service member, career first responder and their families who have sacrificed so much for the country we love.”

“Mr. Connolly asked where I was when he was building schools and laying sidewalks locally,” said Colonel Perkins. “I’ll tell you where I’ve been. I was in Iraq hunting down SCUD missiles that were targeting Israel. I was chasing down mass-murdering terrorists in Bosnia, Kosovo and Africa. And, I was at Arlington National Cemetery seventeen times paying last respect to the brave men and women that I had the privilege and honor to serve with.”

“Our country’s Veterans and career first responders don’t just have sweat equity in their community, they have blood equity in America” - Colonel Perkins.

Gerry Connolly is serving is his second term in Congress after previously serving in local government for sixteen years.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: 112th; connolly; greenberet; perkins; va2012; veteran
PERKINS: Ugly politics in Virginia’s congressional race
1 posted on 10/31/2012 12:42:10 PM PDT by Sarajevo
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To: Sarajevo
Gerry Connolly is serving is his second term in Congress after previously serving in local government for sixteen years.

A career politician who needs to go. Saw him spouting off in the committee hearing on Benghazi and he was insufferable.

2 posted on 10/31/2012 12:46:20 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Sarajevo

And Congressjerks are “unqualified” to tell the military how to fight a war but they do it every time. Nobody ever died with a veteran representing them in Congress. Thousands of military have been killed because Congress sets the rules on how a war is to be fought. Stuff it Connolly.


3 posted on 10/31/2012 12:47:09 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Osama bin Laden is dead, Chrysler moved to Italy and China.)
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To: Sarajevo

So basically, veterans haven’t spent enough time greasing palms and “servicing” the right financial backers?

Wow, this one is a real winner.


4 posted on 10/31/2012 12:47:42 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Sarajevo
Hey Gerry ? just where in the US Constitution does it say that vets are not qualified to serve in Congress ?

Ok folks ? how many of the Democrats in Congress past or present served in the Military ?

Hey Gerry ? J.F.K. served in WWII and was a Senator...

5 posted on 10/31/2012 12:52:23 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: Sarajevo

“Our country’s Veterans and career first responders don’t just have sweat equity in their community, they have blood equity in America” - Colonel Perkins.

Cut. Print.


6 posted on 10/31/2012 12:55:55 PM PDT by jagusafr
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To: MissMagnolia

Really? How long has it been since anyone has seen hide nor hair of Jesse Jackson JR.? What’s his excuse? I have no problem with a military person in Congress because I know no matter where they are they are still serving our country, uhh...unlike Jesse Jackson Jr.


7 posted on 10/31/2012 12:56:06 PM PDT by Ms Mable
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To: Sarajevo

Ooh man, I want to see this Connolly a##hole go down. Anybody know where this race stands? My bloods boiling at his comments...hanging up on myself before I say something to get me banned....


8 posted on 10/31/2012 12:56:35 PM PDT by Magnum44 (FRiends dont let FRiends zot FRiends)
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To: Sarajevo

Thats funny, same way I feel about lawyers.


9 posted on 10/31/2012 12:57:27 PM PDT by crosshairs (America: Once the land of the free. Still the home of the brave.)
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To: Sarajevo

The Colonel’s reply cut the politician to shreds.


10 posted on 10/31/2012 12:57:46 PM PDT by Terry Mross (To former friends and relatives. Don't ever contact me if you still support obama.)
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To: Sarajevo

John sKerry - who by the way served in Vietnam - better not hear about this report.


11 posted on 10/31/2012 12:58:17 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 ("It's better to vote for a Republican you don't know than wind up with a dim you don't like".)
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To: Sarajevo

Gerry, the pig-eyed-sack-of-sheep-dip, is my congressturd


12 posted on 10/31/2012 12:58:39 PM PDT by Bulwinkle (Alec, a.k.a. Daffy Duck)
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To: Ms Mable

I’m from VA so I paid attention to Connolly .... Jesse, Jr., not so much.


13 posted on 10/31/2012 1:07:52 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Magnum44

This scumbag had a close race the last couple of times but, sadly, his district has been reconfigured to make it significantly safer for him and far more difficult for any Republican challenger.

Assuming that this story gets zero play in the media, which it won’t, and assuming that the typical Connolly voter agrees with him anyway, which they do, he can probably stay in Congress as long as he wants.


14 posted on 10/31/2012 1:10:04 PM PDT by PermaRag (If Trayvon had a father, he'd look just like Obama)
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To: Sarajevo

This tool’s DC Office Phone: 202 225-1492. Be nice but firm when you tell his staff that he’s been around too long.


15 posted on 10/31/2012 1:10:42 PM PDT by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2012! Allez Pack!)
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To: Sarajevo

I expect to see him vigorously campaign against Senator Kerry.


16 posted on 10/31/2012 1:11:55 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Sarajevo
Connolly is a despicable libtard career bureaucrat. I had to deal with him a few times when I lived in NoVA. He never met a matter so small that he didn't want to regulate it, sort of like a giant HOA Coordinator.

Unfortunately in addition to his standard Dem parasite base he has a huge number of Good 'ol Boy supporters in NoVA that will vote for him through thick and thin. I knew a bunch of otherwise conservative guys that just love Connolly because he found money for their pet sports park or service project or whatnot.

17 posted on 10/31/2012 1:12:36 PM PDT by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: Sarajevo

Time to show this Donkey the door and boot him back to the sewer he came from. Of all the unmitigated gall! A citizen-soldier is TWICE a citizen, you imbecile. [I apologize to any imbeciles, other than Congressman Connolly, whom I may have offended.]


18 posted on 10/31/2012 1:18:09 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: jboot

This connolly freak gives a really bad name to “public service”. He is a plague of ignorance and pettiness. Meh...


19 posted on 10/31/2012 1:19:42 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Sarajevo

“Our country’s Veterans and career first responders don’t just have sweat equity in their community, they have blood equity in America” - Colonel Perkins.

Colonel Perkins, I salute you. Kick his a**!


20 posted on 10/31/2012 1:21:39 PM PDT by winner3000
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21 posted on 10/31/2012 1:21:55 PM PDT by randita
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To: Sarajevo
This pos needs taken out back and given a sincere ass kickin'

/.02

22 posted on 10/31/2012 1:23:24 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: Sarajevo; zot; SeraphimApprentice; Interesting Times

Obviously he has never READ HeinLein’s “Starship Trooper” and perhaps only saw the movie and thus didn’t get the point of the book. His arrogance is overwhelming.


23 posted on 10/31/2012 1:44:42 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Sarajevo

My RAT congressman (Yarmuth) said the military is nothing but a “welfare program” the other day on the radio.


24 posted on 10/31/2012 1:55:52 PM PDT by anoldafvet (One million people attended Obama's inauguration, 14 of them missed work)
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To: Bulwinkle

We got redistricted from Wolfe to this slobbering, stupid drunk. I hope he gets tossed, but there are a lot of morons in No. Va.


25 posted on 10/31/2012 2:43:10 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: GreyFriar

I knew RATS are against the military, but had not heard one state it this openly.


26 posted on 10/31/2012 3:21:57 PM PDT by zot
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To: Sarajevo
This guy is my Congresscritter and is a complete doofus. He had a close race two years ago, but I have heard little this year. He also was Fairfax County Exec on the Board of Supervisors and I thought he was dense then, too.

But most people don't seem to mind.

27 posted on 10/31/2012 5:35:28 PM PDT by Dave W
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To: Dave W
Dave W - I don't know Connolly from diddley, nor can I vote in a Virginia race. I do know Chris Perkins. We served in 1/10 SFG(A) back in the 90's. He was a good commander who treated his guys right.
Pass the word for Chris.
28 posted on 11/01/2012 5:59:36 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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To: tomkat

Agreed


29 posted on 11/01/2012 6:00:38 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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To: Sarajevo

Outstanding profile page .. thank you for your service, S !


30 posted on 11/01/2012 6:13:29 PM PDT by tomkat
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