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Virginia Democrat Opposes Plan To Raise Taxes On Wealthy

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) - When the President came to a Fairfax neighborhood this week, he chose a place where a tax increase on the wealthiest Americans may not go over well.

"I'm not sure if I'm in favor of it," said Katie Hesford.

Republican Chris McCloskey who wore an anti-Obama t-shirt said, "I want to see the Bush era tax cuts extended."

The average annual household income in Fairfax County is over $100,000. And though couples pulling in $250,000 or more may not consider themselves wealthy in this high-cost-of-living region, they are. And they'd pay more taxes if the President has his way. But the President won't have Democrat Congressman Gerry Connolly's vote.

"Now is not the time to be raising taxes on any income group," said Connolly.

Rep. Connolly says raising taxes on the wealthy could hurt the economy, which is what the republicans have been arguing.

"If you look at the top five percent of the income bracket in America. they account for 30 percent of consumer spending. We can't risk dampening consumer confidence at this time," said Connolly.

While the President has been blasting Republicans for not wanting to get rid of the Bush era tax cuts for the wealthy, Democrat Connolly says the President hasn't pressured him at all about changing his mind.

"He's running scared. It's a bellwether district and could easily turn back to Republican," says George Mason Public Policy Professor Jeremy Mayor. He says Connolly could easily lose his seat to Republican Keith Fimian.

"The President and Democratic leadership understand there are things candidates have to do that they're not happy about, but it's better to have Gerry Connolly than Keith Fimian," said Mayor.

Fimian's campaign calls Connolly's no tax increase stand, "an election year stunt."

Written by Peggy Fox
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