Connolly Says Close Victory Won't Change Him | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Connolly Says Close Victory Won't Change Him

Play associated audio
Connolly says the closeness of this year's election won't change the way he votes on controversial issues.
Jonathan Wilson
Connolly says the closeness of this year's election won't change the way he votes on controversial issues.

In Virginia, Congressman Gerry Connolly says the narrowness of his victory over Republican challenger Keith Fimian won't make him change his approach to governing or campaigning in years to come.

Fimian conceded defeat in a written statement released Tuesday.

Connolly first claimed victory a week ago, on election night, and only saw his slim lead grow during post-election canvassing. He says despite the tight race, it would be foolish for him to start avoiding the issues that divided voters this year.

"I don't think the secret to getting reelected is running away from tough issues. And voters can, over time, come to appreciate that," Connolly says.

Connolly says two years from now the electorate will be larger and different issues will be top-of-mind.

But Fairfax County Republican Committee Chair Anthony Bedell says one thing the election did prove is that Republicans in Northern Virginia can be a force.

"I think we've finally got our act together in the Fairfax County party and in the 11th district as well," Bedell says.

Connolly bested Fimian by less than 1,000 votes. More than 220,000 votes were cast in the 11th district.

NPR

The World Music Education of Philip Glass

In his new memoir, Music Without Words, the composer explains how a chance meeting with Ravi Shankar sparked a fascination with the cultures of the world and their music.
NPR

PepsiCo Swaps Diet Drink's Aspartame For Other Artificial Sweeteners

The company says Diet Pepsi consumers are concerned about aspartame. But the Food and Drug Administration has long affirmed that the sweetener is safe in amounts commonly used by beverage companies.
NPR

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy On Gun Control, Vaccines And Science

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was officially sworn in this week. His confirmation was held up for more than a year because of comments he made about gun violence. Murthy talks with NPR's Scott Simon.
NPR

As Health Apps Hop On The Apple Watch, Privacy Will Be Key

The notion of receiving nutrition advice from artificial intelligence on your wrist may seem like science fiction. But health developers are betting this kind of behavior will become the norm.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.