Campaign 2010

Sep 15, 2008

Keith Fimian More Extreme than John McCain on Stem Cell Research

As John McCain began airing a new radio ad touting his work to fund stem cell research late last week, Republican candidate Keith Fimian (VA-11) showed his extreme views by opposing stem cell research that could unlock cures to countless diseases. 

 

Keith Fimian proved that he'll be a card-carrying member of the "extreme right caucus" in Congress, showing that he is too extreme to be one of the "Congressional allies" McCain mentions in his new ad.  Fimian also made his extreme anti-choice stance clear when he stated that he was opposed to abortion unless the life of the mother was at risk

 

For months, Keith Fimian's campaign had been hiding Fimian's extreme stance on the issue of stem cell research and choice, even refusing to answer a letter from concerned Northern Virginia women asking Fimian where he stood on these key issues.  Democratic Congressional candidate Gerry Connolly has been clear about his support for stem cell research that could help the millions of Americans awaiting new cures.

 

"It's telling how just out of line with the values of Northern Virginia Keith Fimian really is, since he is even more extreme than Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain on the key issue of stem cell research," said Kyra Jennings, Southern Regional Press Secretary at the DCCC.  "With Keith Fimian's extreme beliefs on important issues like choice and stem cell research making him farther right than the leader of the Republican Party, Fimian is obviously out of the mainstream."

 

Background:

 

  • McCain Releases Radio Ad Touting Support of Stem Cell Research.  "Republican presidential candidate John McCain's campaign today released a radio ad that four times trumpeted his support for stem cell research... The ad, without being specific, attempts to show McCain as opposing his party.'" [McCain Radio Spot Trumpets Stem Cell Policy Palin Opposed, Washington Post, 9/12/08].

 

  • Fimian Is Opposed to Life-Saving Stem Cell Research and Extreme on Choice Issue.  "[Fimian] is opposed to fetal stem cell research and to abortion unless the life of the mother is at risk." [Mailings Target Fimian's Affiliations, Washington Post, 9/10/08]

 

  • Fimian Tried to Hide His Stem Cell Stance for Months.  "Three women from Fairfax and Prince William counties called on Fimian to publicly state his views on abortion-rights, stem-cell research and contraception. ... [Fimian's campaign manager Zack] Condry wasn't sure what Fimian's position was on federally-funded stem cell research" [Democrats Press Fimian on Social Issues, Washington Post, 7/24/08]