By Judy Kurtz
When it comes to patriotic accessories, Rep. Gerry Connolly and his brother have got it covered.
The Virginia Democrat and his bro, Philip, both sported ties inspired by the American flag on Thursday.
The desire to wear the stars and stripes must be genetic, because we hear the Connollys actually didn’t plan their coordinated neckwear. While big, bold stripes could be seen on the congressman’s tie, his brother’s tie was more subdued, with rows of small U.S. flags.
It’s not the first time Connolly has whipped out the pro-America piece from his wardrobe. Given to him by a constituent years ago, the lawmaker wears it for every election and primary day and has never lost. ITK hears that Connolly also wears his Old Glory tie for “special” days, such as federal holidays and swearing-in day.
Along with his similarly dressed sibling, Connolly’s family — including his wife, daughter, parents, sister and close friends — were in town as the congressman was sworn in on the first day of the 113th Congress.
Photo (left): Greg Nash
Photo (right): Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and his brother, Philip. / Jamie Smith