(Himes! Himes! - promoted by ctblogger)
This post is not about high-priced prostitutes or primary pie-fights.
No, there's actually some political news of the day that should bring smiles to the faces of CT Dems. Namely, that Jim Himes was named by the DCCC today to their selective "Red to Blue" list of challengers, further establishing the Fourth CD as one of the premier targets for national Democrats:
"These candidates have come out of the gate strong and the Red to Blue Program will give them the financial and structural edge to be even more competitive in November," said Chairman Chris Van Hollen, Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "The candidates for change in our first round of challenger Red to Blue are strong examples of Democrats who represent a commitment to new priorities for the families in their districts."
In an email to supporters today, Jim Himes commented that this recognition from the DCCC is not so much of his own performance as a candidate as it is of the accomplishments of those who have generated the groundswell of activism and support on the ground in the district:
This is not an honor for what I am doing - it's an honor for all you are doing - for your ideas, your enthusiasm, and your investment in time and contributions. You've sent a clear message, and it's your voices that are being heard.
Anyone who was at the amazing Hilltop Brigade event last Friday in New Haven knows just what Jim is talking about.
It's what Rosa DeLauro was talking about that night, too:
To the standing-room-only crowd that gathered and promised to hit the streets over the next seven months, she said: "You can be of tremendous help to us. We can expand the majority in the house by 40 seats. We can take 40 Republicans. I have that on good order. We could take 40 Republican seats," she repeated to cheers.
The energy among the committed Democratic activists in the room was remarkable - and it's energy that is only growing as Democratic voters who turned out in record numbers for the primary in February are getting ready to do the same in November to show both George Bush and Chris Shays the door.
And seeing a picture like this in front of the Capitol on inauguration day, 2009? That's the prize.
You can make it happen. Contribute today here:
(Disclosure: I am proud to be working for Jim Himes.)