The Democratic Congressional Committee is excited about Jim Himes, no one more so than DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen. I was able to catch his final two campaign stops with Himes: an appearance in Norwalk’s Ryan park and the second of two fund raisers. Both Van Hollen and the DCCC staff were enthusiastic about Jim’s candidacy and mindful that the opportunity to defeat Chris Shays may finally be at hand.
From Congressman Van Hollen’s remarks in Norwalk:
We really believe, the DCCC, that the people of this community have an opportunity to send somebody to Congress who is really committed to helping take our country in a new forward direction.
In his own remarks Jim Himes pointed out the nearby public housing project Washington Village, the first of it’s kind in Connecticut. Washington Village opened its doors in 1941, and was a public works project brought about by Franklin Roosevelt. Himes compared the investments in infrastructure made by FDR to those of the Bush Administration.
From Jim Himes’ remarks:
We’re here today because our Congress and our Administration over the last six years in particular our Congressman Chris Shays has devoted attention and resources to to the war in Iraq which is very different from the war that we were about to fight in 1941. As a result the wonderful opportunities generated by the infrastructure that we’re looking at have been given very short shrift. And this is one of the prime sacrifices that people in America have had to make over the last 6 years.
I’ll have more from both the presser and fundraiser later on tonight, including Van Hollen on the CT’s 2nd and 5th Congressional Districts.