Know the Candidate: Jim Himes for Congress (D-4th CD)


The power of your vote, your voice, your choice! Know the candidates before you vote.   US Rep. Jim Himes (D) Campaign Office Opening tonight:

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Dear Friend,

A week from today, I will ask for the support and whole-hearted endorsement of the Democratic Party as I ask the voters of Fairfield County to once more give me the privilege of serving you in the United States Congress. It has been a long journey since I first decided to run for Congress three years ago, with many challenges and rewards, but I am just as passionate now as I was then about working to fix government and the economy for Southwest Connecticut and bringing much-needed changes to our economy, recently on the verge of collapse.

When I first took office in January 2009, this country was losing 700,000 jobs per month, health care costs were spiraling with no end in sight, and an unregulated market nearly collapsed the global economy. While we have by no means solved these problems, I know the votes I have taken and the work we have done together here in Connecticut have brought us closer to the light at the end of the tunnel.

After passing the largest middle class tax cut in American history, targeted investments in infrastructure, and tax breaks for our small businesses to help them create jobs, we are now experiencing positive job growth for the first time in two years. I stood with colleagues to pass comprehensive health care reform. This reform establishes a fiscally responsible approach to governing by bending the cost curve of health care, supports our small businesses with health care tax credits, and puts us in the company of all other industrialized nations in this world that guarantee their citizens access to some basic form of care. And with Wall Street reform around the corner, we are now poised to guarantee that the American taxpayer will never have to bail out companies who profited from an under regulated marketplace.

I write now to ask for your support next week at my nominating convention – whether you’re a delegate, a volunteer, or a concerned citizen supportive of my work to help fix the economy and improve government for Fairfield County. The convention is Monday, May 10th. More details are below along with information about other upcoming campaign events. I hope to see you soon!

Campaign Office Opening
TONIGHT
6pm to 8:30pm
Himes for Congress Campaign HQ
350 Fairfield Ave, 4th floor, Bridgeport
203-450-9395 / teamhimes@himesforcongress.com for more details

4th District Democratic Nominating Convention
May 10th at 6:30pm
Bridgeport High School
R.S.V.P. here
(R.S.V.P. requested but not required)
203-450-9395 or teamhimes@himesforcongress.com for more details

Convention After-Party
May 10th immediately following Nominating Convention
Matty’s Corner in Black Rock
2816 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport
Suggested donation: $10 or give what you can
R.S.V.P or give here or donate at the door
(R.S.V.P. requested but not required)

203-450-9395 or teamhimes@himesforcongress.com for more details

Regardless of whether you’re able to make it on Monday, I hope I can count on your help. It’s only by working together that we can tackle the greatest challenges before us. And with your support, we will win this fight.

Jim

PS: The work starts today! Don’t forget to come to my Campaign Headquarters opening

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  1. Reginald

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  2. ccdemuth

    Jim Himes Does Not Have a Conflict of Interest with Goldman Sachs

    Between ongoing litigation, legislation, and regulation, Goldman Sachs may have more interests at stake in Washington DC than any other company. At the same time, our current incumbent, Jim Himes, may have more interests at stake in Goldman Sachs than any other congressman. Goldman is his former employer. It is his top contributor. Even as a sitting congressman, Himes remained a limited partner in at least five separate Goldman partnerships including investments that are unavailable to the general public. Last year, he held more money invested in Goldman stock than he made all year as a congressman. He maintained additional exposure through the derivatives market.

    How is this not a conflict of interest? Admittedly, Goldman and Himes have ongoing interests that overlap in every imaginable way. However, Himes does not have a conflict of interest with Goldman because there is no conflict. Instead, they have a perfect confluence of interest – Himes is at the epicenter where big government meets big business with big bailout. From Goldman’s perspective, the relationship works well. Either he will keep their money and they will continue to get a return on their investment or he will return their contributions and they will get their money back. In this system, call it “Mutually Assured Dependence”, incumbents protect each other.

    Himes’s dependency-based politics is great for the incumbents, both political incumbents and economic incumbents. Political incumbents can win as campaign contribution recipients, investors, and allocators of our goods and resources. Command-and-control economies tend to be quite good for the commanders and controllers in Washington. Economic incumbents can win as beneficiaries of bailout funds and government regulation that makes market entry unaffordable to their potential competitors. They might call it a “win-win”. The best part (for them) is that the entire transaction is ultimately paid for by the taxpayer.

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