Virginia: Democrats Confident, but Fimian Tops $1M

Posted July 14, 2008 at 6:35pm

State and national Democrats are viewing the 11th district as one of their best pickup opportunities of the cycle, but first they’ll have to get through Republican businessman Keith Fimian, who announced last week that he had more than $1 million in cash on hand at the end of June.

Fimian, who expressed his interest in the seat even before Rep. Tom Davis (R) officially announced his intention to retire, has raised more than $1.3 million for the cycle.

But though he’s proved to be a successful fundraiser, it remains to be seen if he can overcome his low name identification in the suburban Washington, D.C., district.

Fimian is facing Gerry Connolly (D), the well-known chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, in November.

Connolly beat former Rep. Leslie Byrne (D) in a costly and contentious primary in June. After raising just under $1 million over the course of the cycle, Connolly will report just under $300,000 on hand at the end of June. But the 11th district is a key target of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which has already included Connolly in its “Red to Blue” fundraising program.

Connolly spokesman James Walkinshaw said Monday that the campaign isn’t worried about Fimian’s cash-on-hand lead.

“We’re confident we’ll have all the money we need moving forward,” Walkinshaw said.