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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

Articles by David Sherfinski

President Obama speaks at a campaign event at Loudoun County High School, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 in Leesburg, Va. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Election set to be most expensive in history

The 2012 election cycle is projected to be the most expensive in United States history — much to the chagrin of campaign finance and good government advocacy groups wary of the increasing influence of special interests and cash in the American political system. Published August 2, 2012

** FILE ** Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Romney to Reid on tax accusations: 'Put up or shut up'

Mitt Romney on Thursday directly addressed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's insinuation that the former Massachusetts governor didn't pay any taxes for 10 years, telling the Nevada Democrat to put his money where his mouth is. Published August 2, 2012

Va. man appeals to Supreme Court over DUI conviction

A man convicted of drunken driving in Alexandria is taking his fight to the U.S. Supreme Court, challenging an unprecedented ruling in March from Virginia's highest court that someone drunk behind the wheel of a car parked on a public road with a key in the ignition is now automatically guilty of drunken driving. Published August 1, 2012

Allen points up local impact of defense cuts

U.S. Senate candidate George Allen donned a state-of-the-art, heat-activated cooling vest and made his way around the offices of a small defense contractor in Northern Virginia on Tuesday, highlighting an example of a business already being impacted by looming federal defense cuts that have fast become a political flashpoint. Published July 31, 2012

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was quick to defend presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney when he irked Palestinians with a remark during his visit to Israel. (Raymond Thompson/The Washington Times)

GOP closing ranks to defend Romney

It had been mere hours since Mitt Romney angered Palestinians by saying Israel's culture was part of the reason the country has prospered. But that didn't stop former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, previously one of Mr. Romney's most bitter rivals in the Republican presidential primaries, from rushing to his defense Monday. Published July 30, 2012

In November 2008, Cassandra Calderon and her sister, Jennifer Calderon, of Manassas volunteered to campaign for Sen. Barack Obama. Dennis Barrow, a volunteer from the District, praises their efforts. Obama supporters came to Virginia to encourage people to vote for Mr. Obama. (The Washington Times)

Pace of new voters poses problem for Obama camp

President Obama did a spectacular job in 2008 of registering and turning out tens of thousands of new Virginia voters — but the pace of registrations this year has dropped precipitously ahead of his re-election bid. Published July 30, 2012

Romney hits suspect voter mailings

Mitt Romney's campaign has asked Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli to launch an investigation into a nonprofit group's mailing of voter registration materials to ineligible voters in the state -- including cats, dogs, infants and, yes, the dead. Published July 25, 2012

Tim Kaine, running for the U.S. Senate in Virginia as the Democratic Party candidate, is the subject of an ad run by Crossroads GPS that prompted a complaint to the Federal Elections Commission. (Richmond Times-Dispatch via Associated Press)

Crossroads’ ad takes sides, says watchdog

A government watchdog group has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Crossroads GPS, the conservative advocacy group affiliated with the super PAC American Crossroads, over an ad the organization is running on several U.S. Senate candidates, including Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine. Published July 25, 2012

Virginia GOP attack on Kaine ricochets

The Virginia Republican Party lambasted Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine on Monday for backing a congressional deal that's led to the specter of $500 billion in defense cuts starting next year — despite a majority of the state's Republican lawmakers, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, having voted for the plan. Published July 23, 2012

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (left) speaks on Saturday, July 21, 2012, as former Sen. George Allen, also a former governor, listens during the Virginia Bar Association's senatorial debate at the Homestead in Hot Springs, Va. (Associated Press)

Sharp exchanges punctuate first Allen-Kaine debate in Virginia

Both U.S. Senate candidates in Virginia offered glimpses of their lines of attack in the race's first general election debate, with Democrat Tim Kaine repeatedly labeling Republican opponent George Allen a big spender and overt partisan, and Mr. Allen painting Mr. Kaine as a serial tax-hiker and cheerleader of President Obama's agenda, notably his high-profile federal health care law. Published July 21, 2012

** FILE ** Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, greets supporters during a campaign stop in Portsmouth, Va., on Thursday, May 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Virginian-Pilot, Ross Taylor)

Poll: Romney winning over hesitant Virginia voters

Mitt Romney has erased an 8-point deficit in the swing state of Virginia, which provided President Obama with one of his biggest victories in 2008 by supporting a Democratic candidate for the first time in more than four decades. Published July 19, 2012

Trayvon Martin's parents: Zimmerman apology 'insincere'

The parents of Trayvon Martin on Thursday called an apology from George Zimmerman in the shooting death of their teenage son "insincere," and said it is still too difficult to forgive Mr. Zimmerman for the act. Published July 19, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks July 18, 2012, during a campaign stop in Bowling Green, Ohio. (Associated Press)

In Ohio, fired-up Romney pledges to 'fight for soul of America'

Mitt Romney brought his newly aggressive style of attack against President Obama to Ohio on Wednesday, hammering the president for his recent comments on small businesses and pledging to "fight for the soul of America" in the face of mounting pressure to release more of his tax returns. Published July 18, 2012

**FILE** GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney speaks at an event at Horizontal Wireline Services in Irwin, Pa., on July 17, 2012. Pennsylvania is considered a battleground state, even though the state went for the Democrats in 2008. (Associated Press)

Romney team gets outgunned on rapid response to Obama

Even as Mitt Romney was readying one of his strongest direct attacks yet on President Obama on Tuesday in Pennsylvania, Mr. Obama's campaign pre-empted him with its own attack ad in the state, a turn of events emblematic of the Republican challenger's struggle to impose his own narrative to drive — and win — what is now a 24-hour news cycle. Published July 17, 2012

** FILE ** Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (right) prepares to speak on Friday, Nov. 3, 2011, at the town hall in Exeter, N.H., as former Gov. John Sununu pulls up his socks. (Associated Press)

Sununu: 'I wish this president would learn how to be an American'

Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu said Tuesday he wished President Obama "would learn how to be an American" and called the Obama campaign "a bunch of liars" for running an ad that suggested GOP nominee Mitt Romney may not have paid all of his taxes. Published July 17, 2012

Romney shows his fighting side, to GOP cheers

Dogged by lingering questions about his business record, Mitt Romney shifted from defense to attack mode Monday, accusing President Obama of unfairly rewarding campaign donors. It was a more aggressive posture many Republicans have been wanting to see. Published July 16, 2012

German national Jens Soering was convicted in Bedford County, Va., of killing his girlfriend's parents in 1985. (Associated Press)

GOP smells blood in Virginia Senate race

A newly discovered connection between U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine and convicted double murderer Jens Soering has prompted renewed attacks by Republicans on an issue over which the Democratic former governor has long been perceived as vulnerable. Published July 13, 2012

President Obama greets supporters after a campaign event at a community college in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. (Associated Press)

These three fact-checkers keep candidates in line

The emergence of fact-checkers is one of the major stories of the 2012 presidential campaign, with the self-appointed arbiters of truth inserting themselves into all of the thorniest issues. Published July 12, 2012