From the Doug Denneny Campaign:
"Fairfax, VA- Today, the Denneny campaign called on Gerry Connolly to clarify his opinion on public schools after advertisements from his campaign referring to a "failing public education system" have surfaced on two popular websites.
"We can all agree that our public schools can improve, but to imply that public education is failing is ridiculous," said Denneny Communications Director Kevin Franck. "The Connolly campaign's poor choice of words is an insult to the students, teachers, administrators, parents and community leaders who make Fairfax public schools the envy of the nation. We should applaud their efforts, not dismiss them."
"If Mr. Connolly really thinks that Fairfax County has a 'failing public education system,' then maybe he should use the nearly four years left in his term to help fix it," Franck added.
This week, Doug Denneny released this week a 10-point plan entitled "The Denneny Plan to Protect and Improve Our Public Schools" that is available at dougforcongress.com. Denneny, a product of public schools, the son of a public school teacher and the father of two children who attend public schools, has developed a substantive plan with new ideas to improve public education in America.
The advertisement in question has run on at least two job search websites: Craigslist and Democratic GAIN and reads "The next congress will face big problems: the war in Iraq, an economic downturn, and a failing public education system. Gerry Connolly is a candidate who can solve these problems."
Commander Denneny served over twenty-two years as a U.S. Naval Flight Officer. He is a former TOPGUN instructor and commanded a Navy F-14 and F/A-18 fighter squadron. Denneny earned six air medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross with "V" for valor during combat operations over Iraq. In 2004, he returned to the Pentagon and worked for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as a special assistant and legislative liaison, and was selected to the rank of Captain. After retiring from the Navy, he continued his public service by being elected President of his large neighborhood citizens' association, by serving on three Fairfax County committees, and other numerous volunteer activities."