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.

Richard Holmquist August 14, 2012 at 04:05 PM
If I were an advertiser, I'd stay far from the blowhard commenters on this page. You don't do any of your institiutions of higher learning or "think tanks" any favors. Neither do you do a very good job of supporting your candidates in this election. On the one hand, you point out how this region is dependent on government spending for its wealth. On the other hand, you criticize Connelly for supporting government spending and revere Ryan and Romney who wish to slash it. It follows that the loss of Connelly or the election of Ryan/Romney could be devestating to our regional economy.
William Campenni August 14, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Mark: Please define "Tea Party" and please define "Peronists" (actual term; "Peronistas") and give three precepts of each and three proponents/members of each. Please cite your sources.
David B. Levenstam August 14, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Mark, you've insulted people on this thread, so spare us your outraged hypocrisy. You weren't man enough to apologize for your hypocrisy and personal attacks, so talking to you is a waste of time.
Mark Carolla August 14, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Oh David, Get over yourself. I'm hardly outraged - the only thing you are is a blogging bully. I haven't attacked a single person personally, and I'm not going to waste my time nor the time of the readers of the Patch trying to kotow to whatever views you hold dear and true. I will apologize to the readers for wasting their time by dignifying your personal attacks with replies..and getting down to your level and appearing like a blow hard. Just because a political moderate disagrees with your views of socialism or conservatism or opines that Paul Ryan is radical and you don't agree doesn't mean they are a hypocrite. I know enough of my history to know that extreme right wing ideologues call those that disagree with them socialists, or "leftists," and extreme leftists label moderates as "fascists" so I'm not rising to the bait. No, I'm not sorry, and if you can't take general, non-personal criticism of any group's political beliefs and perceive it as an "insult" you don't understand American politics.
Mark Carolla August 14, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Bill Campini - Hi Bill. Is this a test? I'l talk to you off-line.
William Campenni August 14, 2012 at 09:18 PM
No, otherwise you would have flunked the name spelling part.
Billie Lyllton August 17, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Oh I'm already tired of seeing David Axelrod's talking point adjective "amicable" oozing all over the Democrat floor. Yes, I agree with Connolly that Paul Ryan is amicable. Extremely amicable. Charming as well. Star Power. But that's not his strong suite. His major appeal is his willingness to FINALLY discuss and put forth actual solutions to issues of the budget as it relates to many problems, including long term entitlement reform, which both parties have ignored in the past but which Mr. Connolly's Democrat Part has flagrantly stonewalled since '08 and which indeed has been made much worse by Mr. Obama's incompetence.
Marshall Smith August 18, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Budget? Whats a budget? The dems havent presented a budget since ...when
TaterSalad August 27, 2012 at 03:30 PM
The seats are full, the people are riveted to find out the "truth" of Barack Obama and his hate for America as it is! A powerful movie and the truth about Barack Obama that has never been exposed to the public. The government does not want you to watch this movie! http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/08/22/a_powerful_movie_115175.html
Barbara Glakas August 27, 2012 at 04:40 PM
About Connolly’s “amicable radical” and “inexperienced” description of Ryan, I understand it. Ryan does indeed come off as being a very amiable guy. Even though he has been in Congress since about 1999, which gave him a certain amount of experience there, he is apparently lacking in pre-Congress experience and, like Romney, has little to no foreign policy experience. About budgets, I have to hand it to the guy – at least he is trying to put budgets on the table, which is more than most on either side of the aisle have done. But I have to agree that his budgets have been pretty radical. His first two proposed budgets couldn’t even make it out of our very conservative House. His third one barely made it out of the House. But there are huge questions about his budget, based on unknowable assumptions and with no surety that it will even work, not to mention so many deep cuts that it could put our economy (and at-risk people) at even greater risk. All legitimate resources I have read about his budget (e.g. the Congressional Budget Office, the Pew Charitable Trust and the Brookings Institute) all essentially say that his budget will not work. Interestingly, an article appeared in yesterdays’ Post about this, called, “Five Myths About Paul Ryan’s Budget,” written by a former director of the Office of Management and Budget: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-paul-ryans-budget/2012/08/23/757b3718-eba0-11e1-a80b-9f898562d010_story.html
Just Joe August 28, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Obama cannot run on his record. More phoney racism coming up as democrats become desperate.
David B. Levenstam August 28, 2012 at 07:13 PM
The baseline budget called for an increase of $155 billion. Ryan originally promised a "cut" of $100 billion, meaning an increase of only $55 billion. By the time Ryan was done compromising with Democrats, his "cut" of $100 billion turned into only $12 to $35 billion (depending on who was doing the scoring), meaning an increase of $120 billion to $140 billion. There's nothing radical about that sort of mushy moderate smaller increase budget.
David B. Levenstam August 28, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Just Joe is right--Obama can't run on his Great Recession record so he has to fall back on the tired old liberal canard that if you don't agree with explosive increases in spending, you're a racist. The Democrats of course are the real racists as they believe that blacks can't survive without explosive increases in federal spending.
Barbara Glakas September 01, 2012 at 10:17 AM
There is still much work to be done, but President Obama certainly can run on his record:  President Obama was the first President to be able to pass a health care reform act.  Presidents Obama captured Osama Bin Laden.  President Obama stopped our military’s discrimination against gay Americans.  President Obama got us out of Iraq.  President Obama was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.  In the face of economic recession, President Obama saved the U.S. auto industry from collapse.  While on the brink of depression, President Obama took the bold steps necessary to bring our country back into a slow but steady economic recovery, signing the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, as well as the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act.  Unemployment under President Obama has been on a slow and steady decline,  President Obama negotiated and signed the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia, the first successfully ratified START treaty since 1991.  President Obama has re-focused our county’s efforts on environmental protection and decreasing our dependence on foreign oil by improving Federal standards for auto emissions and by investing in research for alternative fuels and clean energy resources.
William Campenni September 01, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Forgot the part about walks on water, heals the sick, saves the lame. Evidently he's still working on curing the blind, as evidenced by the previous comment.
Don Joy September 01, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Most of that is nothing to be proud of, rather it is why Obama is running away from his record. Obamacare is a 2,700 monstrosity of bureaucratic strangulation, new taxes, and unwanted government interference and micromanaging of what must properly be personal, private decisions. It was shoved down our throats only because Al Franken(the single needed senate vote) cheated his way into office in an election that saw 1,099 convicted felons vote in a race decided by 312 ballots. In the ensuing investigation, 177 individuals have been convicted of election fraud crimes, and 66 more are awaiting trial. All in one election! Obama did not "capture" Bin Laden--Obama and Valerie Jarrett tried to repeatedly thwart the mission that killed Bin Laden, until Leon Panetta had had enough and ordered the green light. Obama was called in off the golf course after the fact, was told by his betters to sit down and shut up and be glad he could publicly, falsely take credit for it. Cont.'
Mark Carolla September 01, 2012 at 05:06 PM
@Bill Campenni - perhaps you could point out unambiguous evidence as to what points Barbara Glakas is absolutely wrong on? Deservedly or not he did win an actual Nobel Peace Prize; he did finalize an end to the discrimination against gays in the military (regardless of one's views on that); he certainly took "bold steps" in the face of as Mitch McConnell shamelessly declared that political power and dislike of the President were his principal motivators; and he indeed reinvigorated the START process (which strenghtens this country by reducing the strategic nuclear threat - in the words of a Marine fighter pilot on seeing a Soviet bomber dismantled under START I "a kill is a kill") to the vigor of the Reagan and Bush (George HW) years. I'm getting tired of the polemics...and know you are an ace debater. Most of those commenting here have their minds made up, but your take is always interesting.
Don Joy September 01, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Forcing our military to celebrate sodomy as if it is on par with procreation is nothing to be proud of. The DoD is increasingly a disaster of political-correctness. Obama didn't get us out of Iraq, Bush's timetable did. The Nobel prize awarded to Obama has made a laughingstock out of the Nobel prize committee. Obama didn't "save" the auto industry, it is still barely on life support and Obama looted investors' money to buy 500,000 shares of stock at $100/share which is now worth $20/share. The whole operation is one big union graft scheme, with non-union people being thrown out on their ears. Shameful! Nationalizing industries is what socialist dictators do. Romney was right, a managed bankruptcy according to the law is what was called for. Cont.'
Don Joy September 01, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Dodd-Frank, the trillion-dollar stimulus abomination union slush-fund, and the rest of the thousands of pages of communism rammed through on us are the cause of our current malaise, not the accomplishments of which you want to boast on Obama's behalf. Historically, the deeper and more severe the recession, the steeper and more robust the bounceback. Not in this case! Obama, like FDR, has made things worse and prolonged the suffering because he is doing more and more and more of what caused the collapse: Throwing good money after bad in absurd, doomed social welfare schemes that aggravate moral hazard and incentivize failure. Employment remains stagnant and millions are jumping onto the disability rolls, encouraged by democrats who want more and more voters dependent on them. Obama has gutted the missile defense capability of our allies and laid open the throat of the West to the dubious intentions of his true partners, the anti-Western powers around the globe. Obama's endless carbon communist hoaxes are driving up the price of energy (intentionally) and the price of cars; cafe standards planned will add $15,000 to the price of a car! Obama's goal--cutting America down to size--is proceeding smoothly. Marxists can be happy and proud that their Dear Leader is well on his way to a socialist utopia. But this is America, after all, and president Romney along with vice president Ryan are coming to the rescue.
Don Joy September 01, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Under Obama, 90% of home mortgages and 97% of student loans are controlled by the federal government! This is the freedom that our forbears fought so hard and so long for...??
William Campenni September 01, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Mark: Remember that joke about the Russian losing the two man race to the American, where Pravda headlined the story "Russian wins second place while American comes in next to last"? Technically true, but totally divorced from reality. That's the mindset of the Obama omidons. It's not worth the effort to debate them. In the Middle Ages, it was called "Invincible Ignorance". Meanwhile, we root for Obama not to have a penultimate finish in the coming election. See you over coffee - you buy.
Java Master September 01, 2012 at 08:08 PM
...and here I was, hoping beyond hope that the long ( very long) conversation Mark Carolla and David Levenstam might actually GO somewhere...(sigh) Then Don Joy had to chime in with a bunch of half-truths and more anti-Obama talkng points, which he likely picked up from RedState.com or Fox News ( same thing, eh? I love watching the political extremes bash each other back and forth, sort of reminds me of "Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots," with just as little effect in the real world!
Don Joy September 02, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Priceless! :)
William Campenni September 02, 2012 at 04:52 PM
". . . voting republican is like kicking your kids in the nuts " Totally lacking in class. Are you Joe Biden?
TaterSalad September 02, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Servicemen! Get ready for higher premiums for your healthcare (Tri-care) because your Commander-in-Chief has signed yet another Executive Order. Here is proof: http://www.independentsentinel.com/2012/09/president-reaches-into-veterans-pockets-with-new-executive-order-repost/
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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