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.
Monroe Democratic Town Committee Chairman