I recently wrote about how Justin Fairfax overwhelmingly won the straw poll at Gerry Connolly’s St. Patrick’s Day party. It now appears as though Gerry was paying attention to that and the campaign in general as he’s endorsed Justin Fairfax’s campaign to be Lt. Governor.
“I am proud to endorse Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor in the 2017 primary and general elections,” Gerry said in a statement this afternoon. “The stakes are high for Virginians in 2017. Virginia Republicans are already following the Trump playbook of divisive rhetoric and vicious partisan attacks. But Justin is focused on uniting us around what matters — protecting and creating good-paying jobs for all Virginians.
“As a Northern Virginian, Justin understands the unique challenges facing our region and is committed to fighting for our fair share in Richmond. I’ll be casting my ballot for Justin Fairfax on June 13 and I urge all Virginians to do the same.”
After receiving the Congressman’s endorsement, former federal prosecutor Justin Fairfax made the following statement:
“I am very honored to receive Congressman Gerry Connolly’s endorsement. Congressman Connolly is a dedicated public servant who has served the people of the 11th Congressional District and this nation with distinction. He has fought diligently for our Virginia values, including creating more economic security and opportunity for all. As Lieutenant Governor, I look forward to continuing to work with Congressman Connolly to resist the destructive policies and rhetoric of the Trump administration, expand access to the American Dream for all, and move Virginia forward.”
It’s worth noting that Gerry doesn’t give out his endorsement very easily and hasn’t made an endorsement in the gubernatorial primary even though he knows both of those candidates well. It should also be noted that all three Democratic candidates for Lt. Governor have connections to Northern Virginia, so it’s not like Gerry is simply endorsing Justin because he’s in NoVA — but instead focused on how he truly does understand the challenges that face the region.