Himes: An Independent, Hard-Working Conscience for the 4th District

Monroe Democratic Town Committee Chairman Nick Kapoor expresses his support for Congressman Jim Himes' reelection campaign.

To the Editor:

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "Men of character are the conscience of the society to which they belong." Congressman Jim Himes has been an independent, hard-working conscience for the residents of Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District.  Himes is up for reelection this November and deserves our support for a third term in Congress.

Jim has myriad legislative accomplishments.  He helped write the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act which ended taxpayer bailouts of big banks.  He also cosponsored the STOCK (Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge) Act which prohibits members of Congress from trading on information they receive in their capacities as members of Congress.

Jim also authored a provision in the recently signed into law JOBS Act that makes it easier for growing companies to raise capital.

Not only has Himes’s time in Washington been invaluable, but the time he spends in the district captures how in tune he truly to those he represents.  He is constantly in the 4th attending many events and assisting residents in the district.  His staff is of the highest caliber and Congressman Himes is committed to effective and timely constituent services.  There are those in our government who do not keep in touch with their constituents or district – Himes is not one of them.  Jim Himes does not legislate or operate in the Washington bubble.

Jim Himes is not a "big government political insider" as one of his potential opponents would make him out to be.  He is a very well educated and experienced fiscal moderate who comes from a very strong financial background and irreplaceable life experiences.  Furthermore, Jim Himes is an independent member of Congress who does not “tow the party line.”  He was one of only 38 members of Congress to support a bipartisan budget compromise based on recommendations from the most well-respected budget experts across the country.  With all the hardships Washington is going through with the country’s finances, hyper-partisanship and a general lack of focus, we need to elect members of Congress that will have the knowledge to do the job, work across the aisle and have pinpoint thoughtfulness about his or her district and the country as a whole — this is Jim Himes. Jim Himes does not need Washington; Washington needs Jim Himes.

It is with great pleasure that I wholeheartedly endorse Jim Himes for a third term representing Monroe and the 4th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.


Nicholas Kapoor

Monroe Democratic Town Committee Chairman

Ernie Ou June 19, 2012 at 03:38 AM
You HAVE to be kidding us. This guy voted lockstep with Pelosi (the 6th most partisan Congressperson) until he got heat and began distancing himself by voting against the party on procedural stuff, easy-wins or sure losses. Vote for him on his merits but to call him an independent voice is outright lying. This is precisely why people hate politicians so much. Just tell the truth, and if you vote one way don't try to hide it. Just be a man and stand up and detail why you voted one way or the other.
Kathy Rosenbaum June 19, 2012 at 11:31 AM
While I respect Mr. Kapoor's point of view, I do not understand how Jim Himes can be seen as anything but a "big government political insider." A look at Himes' legislative record shows that he ALWAYS side with big government over the individual. Stimulus has not worked (national and state unemployment rates remain high) and economic growth is anemic. The health care bill (a cornerstone of Jim Himes' political philosophy and practice) may be deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, our college graduate kids are unemployed, food pantry shelves are bare and Bridgeport has more than 250 unsolved murders. All this against the background of $5-trillion in additional debt! Unfortunately, these are the real results of Jim Himes' two terms in Congress.
QWERTY June 19, 2012 at 03:52 PM
How about ant act that helps households raise capital? If coming from a "strong financial background" means continually raising taxes on residents, I'll take a politician who is an idiot on finances, thank you.
Michele Cloutier June 19, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Jim Himes, like the President he voted with 88% of the time, is, to use his own words "wrong, wreckless and radical". He is part of a Congress that can not get the job done. He sponsors bill mostly in his re-election years, which are also the years he can be seen in the district on the Socialite pages of all the Gold Coast Magazines. He is a politician and Sonia the man writing to support him. What we need is real business people to get job killing regulation under control, rebuild our education system and inspire entreprenuers to take risks in a STABLE REGULATORY environment. Jim is a Wall Street Exec who knows how to move money around on paper. He does not have the skill needed, as much as one mayb"like" him, to get the job done. One only needs to ask themselves," Are we in District 4 CT better off then we were 4 years back when Jim took office?". The answer is no; therefore......Jim Must Go!
Michele Cloutier June 19, 2012 at 06:04 PM
All I can say is that Mr. Himes has tried to label Mr. Obsitnik as a radical Tea Party Activist. Having met Obsitnik, spoken with him at length and read his issues positions I can only conclude that Mr. Himes is either completely misinformed (by his cracker jack campaign?) or lying. Either way, I'll take a job creating, Nuclear sub commanding Obsitnik over an uninformed, Washinton incumbant politican Jim H. any day!
Sue June 19, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Jim Himes is a moderate who is willing to compromise with rational thinking Republicans to get the country moving forward. It's the tea party reps. that are bringing our country down. They are unwilling to find common ground for the good of the country. They would rather block all and any initiatives that might improve the economy because they know an improved economy helps Obama. They care little for the middle class, people losing their homes and jobs, and the poor. The tea party representatives are the ones we should all fear.
Rano June 19, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Can you point me to his issues positions? Where did you find any? I can't find a single word from the guy with any specifics or substance.
RMK June 19, 2012 at 08:27 PM
"He is part of a Congress that can not get the job done"? Sorry, I think you must have Jim Himes mixed in somehow with the GOP majority in Congress that has stonewalled virtually every jobs bill that has come down the pike. In fact, Ms. Cloutier, if you actually read the article you will see that Himes has worked in a bipartisan manner more than most, specifically on a jobs bills that would actually CREATE the jobs that the GOP claimed to run on in 2010 --- but instead focused their majority on such issues as banning gay marriage and dismantling women's rights. "What we need is real business people to get Job killing regulation under control"? Yes, and how did that work out during the Bush administration? We are here today in an economic mess as a result of runaway de-regulation of the banks like JP Morgan that brought our country to its knees. What we NEED is more people like Jim Himes who stand against letting the banks run wild with our tax dollars. "Wall Street Exec"? No, he is not. But, then again, by your standards being a wall street exec should actually suit your "business people only" rhetoric. If we're truthful here, we ARE better off than 4 years ago when the country was on the brink of the Bush administration's economic meltdown. De-regulation, two wars and tax cuts to the wealthiest - all passed with Chris Shay's blessings. Jim Himes has brought much needed and reasoned bipartisanship to his seat in the 4th District.
RMK June 19, 2012 at 08:35 PM
"I'll take a politician who is an idiot on finances, thank you." We got that from 2000-2008 and look where we ended up. I'd like a guy with integrity and the financial know-how to deal with dishonest men like Jamie Dimon, thank you very much. Rep. Himes fits that bill.
Truth and Justice June 19, 2012 at 08:43 PM
No child in America deserves to go hungry, but in places and times of poor economic opportunity, some children in America go without food. When this happens, we starve our future. S. 3307, The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, was passed and signed into law in order to do better by America's kids. The bill makes the first inflation-adjusted increase in federal funding to feed poor kids in 30 years. Those who voted against food for poor kids overwhelmingly voted a week later to give billionaires a tax break. Rep. Himes has acted progressively by voting YES to pass this measure.
Truth and Justice June 19, 2012 at 08:48 PM
The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 makes 4 million children who are currently without health insurance eligible to be added to the rolls of the the State Children Health Insurance Program. This legislation isn't some kind of entitlement to a group of people responsible for their own economic vulnerability. It is the fault of no child to be born into a poor family. Rather, this Act is a wise investment in America's future: healthy children grow up to become productive adults. Rep. Himes has acted progressively by voting YES to pass this measure.
Rt25 June 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Brother can you spare a dime? Brother has no job, no home, no food, no car. Just can't do all this anymore!


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