Politics on Menu at Connolly’s St. Patrick’s Day Fete

Local officials join Rep. Gerry Connolly at 2015 St. Patrick's Day Fete/Courtesy Gerry Connolly

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va. 11th) celebrated the wearing o’ the green with more than 1,000 elected officials and local supporters at his 21st annual St. Patrick’s Day Fete on Tuesday.

A highlight of the event at the Kena Temple Ballroom in Fairfax was Democratic Presidential Candidate Straw Poll.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took 48 percent of the vote. She was followed by former Virginia Senator Jim Webb (15 percent); Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (10 percent), Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (7 percent), and Vice President Joe Biden and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, (6 percent each). Write-ins for a variety of other names accounted for 8 percent of the straw poll vote. Straw polls are a tradition at the annual event.

Connolly was joined by Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, Rep. Don Beyer, Del, Ken Plum (Reston), Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair, as well as dozens of other state and local officeholders from across Northern Virginia.

The annual St. Patrick’s Day fete started as a small gathering at Connolly’s Fairfax home in 1995 when he was first elected to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

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