Northern Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly has emerged as a surprising advocate for the continuation of the tax cuts enacted under former President George W. Bush.
Connolly, a Democrat who represents the 11th District, is no fan of the "Bush tax cuts", as they've become known. He charged today they didn't deliver the job creation that backers promised and they helped reverse years of surpluses amassed during the Clinton years. But continuation of the Bush-era policy would benefit families in his affluent Fairfax County district, one of the wealthiest in the nation, even if it puts him at odds with the majority of his Democratic colleagues.
In this extended excerpt from Tuesday's "NewsTalk", Connolly -- locked in a tight re-election battle with Republican Keith Fimian -- explains why he believes now is not the time for a "tax hike."
The Fimian campaign responded with the following statement:
So Congressman Connolly was against the Bush Tax Cuts, before he was for them? This is exactly the kind of political double speak that people are tired of. Gerry Connolly is only talking about extending the tax cuts past Election Day. Once he's re-elected he will support repealing them. Keith Fimian believes the tax cuts should be made permanent.
Also Tuesday, we talked with surgeon Scott Edwards, an elbow specialist at the Georgetown University Medical Center. He described in detail the procedure, commonly referred to as "Tommy John surgery", that Nationals pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg will soon undergo -- and why the recovery from this surgery is so slow.
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Hear more of my conversation with both guests when NewsTalk re-airs at 4pm, 6pm and 9:30pm Tuesday.
Wednesday at 10am: a live DC Council Chairman debate pitting Kwame Brown against Vincent Orange.