Rep. Gerry Connolly Calls VP Pick Ryan an ‘Amicable Radical’

Mitt Romney, who announced his selection for vice president this morning in Norfolk, will campaign in Manassas later today.

Rep. Gerry Connolly called Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, whom Mitt Romney just chose as his vice president, an “amiable radical” in a conversation with Patch on Saturday.

Connolly, a Democrat representing Virginia’s 11th district, served with Rep. Paul Ryan on the House Budget Committee for two years from 2009 – 2011.

“[Rep. Paul Ryan] has the least experience and he is the most radical,” Connolly said, noting Paul’s relatively young age, 42. Ryan has been a Wisconsin representative since 1999.

Ryan has proposed significant cuts at the federal level in order to decrease the federal debt. Those proposals were outlined in Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” proposal in March and included reducing individual and corporate tax rates in addition to repealing many of President Barack Obama’s policies.

“This budget reforms the broken tax code to spur job creation and economic opportunity by lowering rates, closing loopholes, and putting hardworking taxpayers ahead of special interests. The pro-growth reforms ensure the tax code is fair, simple, and competitive,” according to Ryan’s plan.

Connolly countered this morning: “As a result we’ll have to gut programs, gut Head Start, gut student loans, gut infrastructure, gut transportation and all the work Congress has done for the past 100 years.”

Romney made a speech Saturday morning in Norfolk officially announcing his selection, who was reportedly on the short list.

 joined Romney and Ryan at this morning’s Romney “Blue state” bus tour campaign stop at the USS Wisconsin; he is scheduled to campaign with Romney on a bus tour across Virginia Saturday.

Connolly also called the announcement “stunning.”

 “This is a Hail Mary pass in the third quarter,” said Connolly. “It’s a last-ditch effort in a losing campaign.”


about Romney’s VP pick here — and weigh in with your comments.

Mitt Romney will campaign in Manassas Saturday afternoon.

William Campenni September 02, 2012 at 09:17 PM
You think Obama cares about the military? As a reward for their long and many combat tours, he will soon throw 150,000 of them out into the street to compete for non-existent jobs with 23 million unemployed and 11 million illegal aliens. And to make sure they don't get too uppity, his henchmen will make sure that their votes are impeded or blocked across the country by complicit democrat Secretaries of State and county voting registrars who will delay sending out military ballots. In the Obama/Holder regime, it is easier to vote if you are dead, an illegal alien, or a college student voting twice at home AND school. If you are in the Afghan mountains, you are out of luck. But if by chance you end up dead, you will get a machine-generated letter of condolence from Obama, ( http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/02/families-deceased-seals-claim-presidential-condolence-letters-signed-with-auto/ ).
Don Joy September 02, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Campenni FTW as always!
Mark Carolla September 03, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Bill - Looks like you took the same class I did at the War College on spining answers. I think I remember the phrase "technically true" from an ethics book in the same program entitled "Lying." :) Willl buy you coffee soon. I presume you don't want one of those liberal faux italiano cafe ridiculoso.
Mark Carolla September 03, 2012 at 05:20 PM
You are correct Java Master much of the commentary on the Patch consists of the political extremes bashing each other back and forth, and in my surprise at being labled as various types of left wingers because of my opinions I admit that I inflicted a long conversation on the readers of the Patch...again my apologies. It took me a while to realize that some commentaries shouldn't be dignified with a response. The nature of online blogging and commentaries is that the floodgates have been opened to the rude, the intolerant, the self-important, the ignorant and stupid, whether they call themselves Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, or whatever and it is futile to argue if somebody attacks your comments. Bill Campenni, however, is worth reading and listening to as he definitely is not an extremist; he's a civil debater and a true American Hero fighter pilot and doesn't stoop to call those who disagree with him names. Bill understands that he gets more respect and are more persuasive by presenting a counter position rather than by shouting at or labling those that disagree with him. I enjoy talking with him...and if you carefully read his points such as "technically true, but totally divorced from reality" he is a master of the "you might have a point but I disagree with you "...school of civility and debate which is largely absent in the Patch political opinion.
William Campenni September 03, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Thanks Mark. Just the way I wrote it. I'll send you the payment tomorrow.


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