Lib Rep Says Veterans Are “Unqualified to Serve” in Congress – Republican Opponent and Green Beret Disagrees (Video)

Liberal Democrat Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) recently told an audience that military Veterans are “unqualified to serve in Congress” because their deployments prevent them from putting “sweat equity” into their districts.

Connolly argues he served his country by sitting on Congressional committees and ends his speech saying he wished his opponent would honor his service as a representative.

Republcian challenger Colonel Chris Perkins, a former Green Beret, disagrees.

Connolly made the offensive statement at a neighborhood civic association meeting.
LVTSG reported:

Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11) shocked constituents by suggesting that military Veterans are unqualified to serve in Congress because their deployments prevent them from putting “sweat equity” into the districts they hope to serve in Congress.

Congressman Connolly is running against Colonel Chris Perkins, a retired officer who served most of his more than 24 years in uniform as an Army Green Beret deployed overseas. Connolly has repeatedly suggested that Perkins’ lack of local involvement because of his military career makes him unqualified to hold federal office.

In an October 22nd Washington Post interview, Connolly “dismisses Perkins as unqualified” for Congress, despite Colonel Perkins’ many leadership assignments that included command of a Special Forces Battalion of over six-hundred men, and numerous combat deployments.

While speaking to a local Chamber of Commerce a few weeks earlier, Connolly asked the audience, “Where has my opponent been” while Connolly served in local government for 16 years.

Days later at a neighborhood civic association, Congressman Connolly subsequently pressed his line of attack dismissing Colonel Perkins’ extensive military experience saying, “I expect a [Congressional] candidate to have demonstrated some sweat-equity” on local issues, ignoring the 24 years Colonel Perkins served as an Army Green Beret.


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  • archtop

    Connolly has to be the most repulsive candidate for a public office that I’ve seen in my 51 years as a citizen of this great country.

    (By Connoly’s logic, I guess Eisenhower was unqualified to be President – you know, too busy with WWII and all that…).

  • How can any veteran or member vote for any Democrat? These are commie traitors. Every one. Every one!

  • dba_vagabond_trader

    Perfectly ok for carpetbagging Ds to run in districts they have no committment to. Clinton and Kennedy come to mind.

  • Tighterlines64

    Connolly is unqualified to even lick the boots of anyone who has served. It would ruin the boots. There is no way you could spit shine that filth off of them.

  • Robodog7

    Gerry Connolly is an idiot. He was an idiot when he served as Fairfax County Board of Supervisors chairman, and he has been an idiot during his two terms in congress.

    Col. Chris Perkins will make an excellent congressman because he has wisdom, ethics, and morals.

    (By the way, Connolly is also my neighbor and the Robodog’s favorite dumping ground.)

  • Adirondack Patriot

    George Washington, no? But Barack Obama, yes?

    This guy needs to be drug tested.

  • Finncrisp

    When you don’t have a record to run on, you try to make a big campaign out of small things…

    -Barak H. Obama

    Trickle down from dear leader.

  • Stella Baskomb

    “Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11) shocked constituents by suggesting that military Veterans are unqualified to serve in Congress because their deployments prevent them from putting “sweat equity” into the districts they hope to serve in Congress.”

    The ghost of John Kennedy just sat up and laughed.

  • madtntaxpayer

    What about POTUS’s sweat equity and germane experience in this country; he grew up overseas (no American experience), an EEOC ivy league law student followed by a stint as a “community organizer” in Chicago??? No main stream experience here! Give me a break!

  • paul52

    Excellent point, #3 dba. Gosh, how dare a real patriot run for Congress?

  • KornKing

    So, do you suppose all the lapdogs will drill King Urkel’s Ministers of Information over whether or not they stand by their pal’s remarks?

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  • RB

    But they support the troops!! And don’t you DARE question their patriotism.

  • Linda

    “…because their deployments prevent them from putting “sweat equity” into their districts.”


    Who do you think Colonel Chris Perkins was SACRIFICING HIMSELF FOR WHEN HE DEPLOYS GERRY????

  • Patty

    “Jihad” Gerry Connolly Doesn’t Believe In Religious Freedom, Except For Radical Islamists
    Northern Virginia Dhimmicrat Congressman “Jihad” Gerry Connolly is outraged…OUTRAGED mind you, that clergymen showed up on Capitol Hill today to testify against the Obama Regime’s attack on the practice of religion that masquerades as “contraception coverage,” trying to embarass the President whom he sees as Lord God Almighty (Washington Examiner).

    “I believe that today’s hearing is a sham,” Connolly told a panel of one priest, three pastors, and a Jewish rabbi during a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing today. “Here you are being asked to testify about your rights being trampled on — an overstatement if there ever was one — while you’re on a panel, and your participation on the panel makes you complicit in of course the trampling of freedom, because we were denied, on this side of the aisle, any witness who might have a differing point of view. And I think that’s shameful.”

    …Continuing his monologue, Connolly made a harsh rebuke of the religious leaders. “I say to you, as a member of this committee who actually shared the concerns you say you have last week, that I think this is a shameful exercise,” he said. “And I am very sad you have chosen to participate and be used the way you’re being used. Just as you were in the previous questioning, as if people are going to jail over this. Shame! Everybody knows that’s not true.” The church leaders had agreed, before Connolly spoke, that they would prefer to go to jail rather than violate their consciences by providing contraception and abortifacients to women.

    Denouncing Republicans for trying to hurt President Obama politically, Connolly faulted the assembled ministers for “overstating [the religious freedom issues in the mandate] and making charges that are just outlandish and frankly beyond the pale.” Such testimony “serves no purpose other than political demagoguery in an election year,” he said. “And men and women of the cloth, it seems to me, ought to run not walk away from that line.”



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  • gsrider

    Connolly probably thinks military men and woman are unqualified to vote too.

  • moron

    She probably feels differently about The Fake War Hero Francois Kerry.

  • Linda

    #15 October 30, 2012 at 10:49 am
    Patty commented:

    …“Jihad” Gerry Connolly Doesn’t Believe In Religious Freedom, Except For Radical Islamists…”


    Thank You Patty…no wonder he does want Veterans around…

  • Linda

    #19 Oops sorry…meant to say “does NOT want Veterans around…

  • Good timing Gerry. I think your constituents can remember this till November 6th.

  • Patty

    ‘My God, That’s All She Talks About’: Rep. Joe Walsh Seemingly Insults Military Service of Double Amputee Political Opponent

    Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) found himself in hot water Tuesday morning after Think Progress publicized a 54-second clip from a town hall meeting he held Sunday, where he seemingly criticized his political opponent (who lost both her legs in Iraq) as being too braggadocios about her military service.

    Walsh began the controversial explanation by saying that, whether or not you liked John McCain last election, he was a hero:

    “But understand something about John McCain. His political advisers, day after day, had to take him and almost throw him against a wall and hit him against the head and say, ‘Senator, you have to let people know you served! You have to talk about what you did!’ He didn’t want to do it, wouldn’t do it. Day after day they had to convince him. Finally, he talked a little bit about it, but it was very uncomfortable for him. That’s what’s so noble about our heroes.”

    Immediately after, Walsh continued:

    “Now I’m running against a woman who– I mean my God, that’s all she talks about. Our true heroes, the men and women who have served us, it’s the last thing in the world they talk about. That’s why we are so indebted and in awe of what they’ve done.”

    (Related: Joe Walsh Loses Cool at Town Hall: ‘That’s Not the Problem!’)

    Walsh’s opponent Tammy Duckworth chose to become a helicopter pilot because, she told USA Today, “she wanted to take the same risks as the guys.” Over her twenty-year service, she has reportedly received a Purple Heart, an Air Medal, and an Army Commendation Medal, and achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel

    Video and more on site.

    Get Walsh out of any leadership position.

    And we need to hear from Rep. Allen West on this subject also.

  • donh

    Will the press SWARM around Obama and ask if he DISAVOWS GERRY CONNELLY ? Why hasn’t Obama spoken up on his own to smack down Connelly’s insulting remarks…A SIGN OBAMA HAS SURRENDERED VA ?

  • Patty

    HERE’S ANOTHER LUNATIC. Now, remember they can be voted out!!!

    Muslim Congressman Andre Carson: American public school system should be modeled after Islamic madrassas

    In madrassas they generally teach only the Qur’an. And sometimes bomb-making.


  • squeaky

    poor gerry…this has more to do with his own feelings of inadequacy.

  • Patty

    List of presidents who served in the Military. I ask were they all unqualified.

  • Patty


    Justice Department Gives Hiring Priority to the Clinically Insane and Intellectually Disabled

    You don’t have to be black, Muslim, or homosexual to get ahead through government employment. You can also be a dwarf, clinically insane, or just really, really dumb. A piece that came out in PJ Tatler last August sheds some light on the quality of personnel in the Injustice Department.

    The PJ Tatler has obtained documents from the Justice Department detailing efforts to recruit attorneys and staff who are dwarfs or who have “psychiatric disabilities” or “severe intellectual disabilities.” On May 31, 2012, Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez issued a directive to affirmatively recruit people with these “targeted disabilities.”

    This DOJ policy does not merely involve prohibitions against discrimination, but rather the documents reveal deliberate recruitment efforts to hire as attorneys and staff for the Department of Justice people suffering from psychiatric disorders and intellectual disabilities. Moreover, applicants can “self-identify” their disability by means of the “Standard Form 256, Self Identification Disability.”

    That is, if you put “I am crazy and stupid” on your resume, you will be given hiring priority. Yet government workers are paid 40% more than their presumably intellectually superior private sector counterparts.

    Hummm! so that’s the problem. 😆

  • obamas watergate!

    The consertatives begged begged the board not to expand the mosques in Fairfax County they were even laughed at–but Connoly pushed it through. His war chest is over 1M from all the Islamists in Fairfax. The atheists and liberal teachers push to have him in Fairfax. He is disgusiting; and remember those 5 islamisst that went to Pakistan from the US? Yep they were from Fairfax home grown in Fairfax mosques. This 11th district is full of atheists, islamists, freaks, who bully their students in schools (high suicide rate). And they want all their boy students to be put on retlin!They are mainly imported form other liberal states moving in with their bikes, and “open” liberal thinking. I support our Veterans, our troops! I will never forget as he stood by and watched our soldiers die, did nothing, as he did not defend the 13 troops in Ft Hood, and the assults on our border agents! He is now acting like he cares about the people in the storm?? Plzzee. He has treated Americans like dirt! Now that he is on his way out he cares. He cares about NO Americans nor does he care about little children surving abortions!! He supports Islamist all them do Kaine, Connoly they support Sharia Law versus the Constitution!! They are all HOAXS!!

  • democraps suck

    Demo-turds hate the military and America…nothing but brain washed lefties seeking to spend spend spend and pocket taxpayers money

  • dwdude

    but how does he really feel? my cousin was blown up by a land mine in viet nam at age 19 so pukes like you can suck your living off of the government and continue to perpetuate your sorry careers. i would vote you out without another thought, you damned subversive narcissist. i’m surprised you made it out of there alive.

  • Patty

    #19 October 30, 2012 at 11:41 am
    Linda commented:

    Thank you

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Liberal Democrat Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) recently told an audience that military Veterans are “unqualified to serve in Congress” because their deployments prevent them from putting “sweat equity” into their districts.

    If anything, veterans running for elective office, for the most part, are MORE than qualified because not only did they put “sweat equity” into their own districts, but the areas outside their own districts (read: the entire country as a whole). They put their necks on the line for all of us.

    This Connolly a-hole should take a leap into shark-infested waters, as he has no value as a representative for anyone, and we would all be better off for it.

  • bg


    April 2, 2010

    Democrats Funded by Islamists

    [“While brave young Virginia men and women are risking their lives to fight
    terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan, Connolly, Moran and Kaine are yucking
    it up with them and slapping each other on the back over at the Marriott,”
    charged VAST Chairman James Lafferty.

    He noted that the three politicians’ campaign war chests are
    heavily funded by radical Islamists who support the mosque.

    “Look at their Federal Election Commission reports,” Lafferty said. “These
    spineless politicians are owned and operated by the radical Islamists and
    their sinister front groups.”


  • Patty

    You can tell by the eyes and a person demeanor they have some bad intentions and Connolly is just that person.

  • stuart

    Patty #27
    Now you understand the logic behind my movement to give equal rights to blind airline pilots.
    It’s patently unfair to our sight challenged citizens to be be denied the right to fly jumbo jets just because of some silly, discriminatory regulations from the FAA.
    By the way I will be accepting any and all donations, or government grants to further fund the
    B. A. P. A. (Blind Airline Pilots of America) initiative. Equality Now!

  • Patty

    Why Won’t Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) Come Clean about the Dar Al-Hijrah Fundraiser?/Sen. Tom Harkin (D) Has 12 Year Old (D) Arrested

    We contacted the five remaining politicians on Monday to give them a chance to answer a simple “Yes” or “No” question: “Did you attend the Dar Al-Hijrah fundraiser?”

    Congressman Jim Moran and Governor and DNC Chairman Tim Kaine confirmed they had not attended. Moran’s press secretary stated that he was abroad in Turkey over the weekend, while the DNC Press Secretary stated that Governor Kaine “didn’t receive an invitation and didn’t attend.” The other three – Gerry Connolly, Sharon Bulova and Penny Gross – refused to comment.

    If he did attend, this wasn’t Gerry Connolly’s first tribute to terrorist-linked Dar-al-Hijrah. We discovered an enthusiastic letter of support from him for Dar-Al-Hijrah’s 25th Anniversary banquet in 2008, years after the mosque was widely known to be associated with terrorism.


    In fact it appears from the letter that as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County, he actually hosted the event. Connolly wrote, “I am delighted to welcome you to Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center’s 25th Anniversary Dinner… We are honored to host such an outstanding group of individuals.”

    How long can Representative Gerry Connolly and supervisors Gross and Bulova cover up whether they attended? More importantly, is Connolly covering up the fact that he did attend, to hide his continuing radical connections from responsible citizens – including patriotic Muslims – in his own district? Or is he covering up the fact that he did not attend, so he doesn’t offend the Islamist allies whose support he has have counted on in the past?

    Either way, it’s time to end the cover-up. It’s time for a clear-cut answer: “Yes” or “No.”

    Congressman Gerry Connolly 202-225-1492

    Chairwoman Sharon Bulova 703-324-2321

    Supervisor Penny Gross 703-256-7717

    More here: ALSO VIDEO ON SITE.

  • JAG529

    His claim is disgusting. And given the extremely poor condition this country is in, I am surprised a politician of 16 years is arguing that he should be reelected – because of the great job he and fellow long term politicians have done.

    One of my voting guidelines is to dump most career politicians. THEY are the problem.

    We are based on ‘government for and by the PEOPLE’ not for and by the bureaucrats.

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  • Kate

    Connolly has it backwards. He is the one with the disadvantage and lack of qualifications to be elected compared to someone who has served as Col Perkins. Liberals really hate the military, don’t they….

  • Sandy

    There is no qualification more important for public service than the willingness to give ones life for his country.

    The sound you hear is the death rattle coming from Dems as they realize they are gone goslings.

  • Carmelita

    As creepy as this guy is – what is up with the voters who elected him? They have a chance to atone, let’s hope they take advantage of it and kick Connolly to the curb.

  • Liberty

    Connolly is unqualified to be an American. What a repulsive piece of garbage!

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  • squeaky

    chances are gerry couldn’t qualify for the green berets. maybe he’s internalizing this too much. it’s not about you gerry really. insecure is no way to go through life.

  • theduchessofkitty

    Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA),

    We’ve got your “Sweat Equity” right here!

    And here!

    And here!

    And here!

  • Mona

    Connolly should be disqualified on eyebrows alone, but, other than that, he’s a pompous condescending a## – and, hence, a perfect spokesman for his party.
    Shameless pigs, all of them.

  • Jim Scrummy

    I live in the VA-11 District, and have had to deal with this POS Connolly, first as a Fairfax Co. Commissioner and now my congressturd. Connolly barely won last time, and if this gets out, with as many active and retired military in his district, hopefully he will be TOAST. He’s a POS. Perkins is a good man, Connolly could never hold his wet jockstrap.

  • Wayne

    Tell me then, what sort of “sweat equity” did Hilary put into NY before she ran for Senate.

  • bg


    theduchessofkitty #45 October 30, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Thank You!!


  • Edd

    It’s been 47 years since I came home from Vietnam. But no matter how many years go by, this lunacy continues. I lived in the Boston area at the time, and you never knew when you’d run into one of these idiots. Where does he get the balls to stand in front of people and say this crap. I’m surprised that no one has punched this idiot in the mouth. It’s funny how things change. Now, I’ll occasionally wear one of my Vietnam veterans hats and people come up and thank me for my service. People don’t realize how much that means. I’ll stop now. Thanks for your patience

  • Danny

    What a crock. We have a Muslim from MN that had ZERO experience.
    We have commies, socialists and GOD only knows what else.
    Tammy Duckworth in IL had a brand new district the DEMS drew up just for her and to take away R’s ELECTED in the last election. The DEMS drew NEW districts boarders to FORCE R’s out of office.
    I swear Dems are dimmest lites in the world that only know how to spend OTHER peoples money and give it to their people.

  • US Navy Corpseman

    I too served in RVN and I am offended and angry that this liberal career hack has the nerve to denigrate the career of Col. Perkins, a 24yr career of serving his country. He should apologize for his remarks and withdraw from the campaign in shame.

    I’m so tired of these liberal slobs who have made a career of suckling on the government teat who then tell us what to do. We need TERM LIMITS to rid these vermin from the halls of elected office. Let’s be rid of Schmucky Shumer/Leaky Lehey/Nan Pelousy/Bernie Sanders/Dingy Harry Reid/Little Dick Durbin/Stinky Hoyer/ — all of them!

    I think military service would be an excellent requirement for elected office. We can see the mistake of placing someone with no military background in high-office — BENGHAZI.

    Are you listening Panetta/Clinton/Obama/Biden ?????

  • snewb

    Nov 6.. Perkins defeats Connolly! Ha!!

  • owl

    These people are SICK unpatriotic slimeballs.

  • Gerry Connolly is nothing more than a ‘Nancy Pelosi’ sock puppet. She gives the orders and he jumps, slobbering at her feet like an over active lap dog that is willing to do anything in order to gain his masters approval. The man hasn’t had an original thought in decade.

    Gerry Connolly is not only ‘anti military’, he is an anti-American socialist brain dead moron dreamer that is incapable of logical thought.

  • bg



    October 30, 2012

    Protesters rally outside Obama campaign office

    [Conservative activists in Mason gathered outside the Obama
    re-election campaign office Tuesday to protest what they say
    is an Obama administration “cover-up” of the events in Benghazi
    during an attack on a U.S. consulate there last month.

    The group of about eight demonstrators, who call themselves Veterans
    for Truth and dub their campaign the Libya Truth Project, organized
    independently, but come as part of statewide effort taking place
    through Election Day.

    The Mason group will march again from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday and
    again on Wednesday outside the office at 108 West Main Street.

    In Cincinnati, tea party activists and others will gather at Fountain
    Square downtown Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. for a press conference,
    prayer and march to protest “the growing deception surrounding
    Benghazi and honor those killed in this terrorist attack,” according
    to a news release issued by organizers.

    “We’re veterans, we’re patriots and we think we deserve answers
    from the Commander in Chief,” said Don Prince, a Vietnam veteran
    who’s organizing the Mason demonstrations.]


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  • DW Pepper

    I bet all those luncheons and sitting on his ass in the air conditioning was a real bitch for Connelly. He is the Poster boy for Crappy Broken Goverment.. If you look in the dictionary under ” Turd” his Picture is there…

  • Westerner

    …an Officer vs. a boor

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  • Jerry

    Perkins: “I enjoy smoking crack cocaine”

    Oh wait, he doesnt say that at any time, like Connolly never said “Vets Unqualified to serve in Congress”, as such a presentation might imply. Perkins hasnt shown any interest in public office since leaving the service. He didnt even bother to vote. Try listening to the tape next time folks, sheesh

  • The permanent political class holds military veterans in low regard. This attitude is typical throughout America’s plutocracy.

  • PK

    Words from another Long Term Congressman ….and we wonder why the USA is in the situation…Time for Mr Connolly to GO. I think he is a member of the idiot club. I’d much rather have a military man making informed decisions than Mr Connolly.