By Christian Smith
Incumbent democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly and Republican Keith Fimian, both contenders for Virginia’s 11th district House of Representatives seat, have been duking it out over the airwaves in recent weeks. As the Nov. 2 election quickly approaches, the two have been the stars of an all-out negative ad blitz.
At the beginning of the month, Connolly’s campaign released an ad loosely based in fact that implied Fimian would give himself a $250 thousand bonus if elected.
Of course Tim Edison, Fimian’s campaign manager, wasted no time in disputing Connolly’s claims.
Not to be outdone, the next day Fimian released an ad to TV viewers that had previously been available only on YouTube since April. This ad accused Connolly of “bankrupting America.”
In response, Connolly’s camp produced this video:
But if the winner of this negative ad battle is determined by shear number of produced ads, it’s Fimian who is victorious. In the past two week, including the one listed above, he has produced four negative spots to Connolly’s two.