Someone please tell me how I managed to overlook the fact that Tom Davis isn’t running for reelection.
I felt a tremendous surge of guilt when the nice man canvasing my neighborhood for the state Democratic party told me so yesterday. As tenaciously as I follow national politics, I should have the same vigor when it comes to my local reps. Virginia’s 11th is the richest in the country (and so therefore, Steven Colbert’s favorite) featuring not only a J.Crew, but Madewell, Martin+Osa and Reuhl. Its also home to Mount Vernon and my own up-and-coming university. I have a bit of a complex about growing up in the country’s wealthiest district–It really just drive home how goddamned privileged I am. In her defense, my dear Northern Virginia is one of the most diverse areas in the country and despite what some counties to our south think, it really is on of the our greatest strengths.
I’ve met Tom Davis on two occasions, once at a bowling alley with a friend who now goes to West Point and later that year at a Q&A session for seniors at my high school. From what I remember of him, he avoided any questions having to do with homosexuals and was vehemently anti-Chávez. During the Q&A one of my braver classmates asked him how he felt about representing an increasingly blue district. He sputtered for a moment and insisted that ‘no, I don’t believe that Virginia is changing in any fundmental way, I think my party is secure in its postion here’.
I had no expectations of living in a democratic district but I have to say, I’m legitimately excited about voting for Gerry Connolly. He’s done a lot of good work locally, and even though I didn’t recognize his name when I heard it the first time, I did know his face. That’s a good sign. He’s also leading by 30 points and endorsed by the Washington Post. And, best of all, his wife Smitty will come to your house and have coffee with you–What part of that doesn’t sound delightful?