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Diane Farrell Endorses Jim Himes in Stamford

by: tparty

Mon May 05, 2008 at 09:18:50 AM EDT

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(Cross-posted from himesforcongress.com/blog.)

Diane Farrell endorses Jim Himes

Sunday afternoon in Stamford, Fourth District Democrats presented a united front against Chris Shays in advance of the 4th CD nominating convention next Monday May 12th, as two-time Democratic candidate Diane Farrell officially endorsed Jim Himes in front of a crowd of supporters. Here's the Stamford Advocate's report:

Himes, a Greenwich resident who runs a New York City nonprofit housing agency, is attempting what Farrell failed to do in two bids - unseat longtime incumbent U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Bridgeport, in the 4th Congressional District, the only one in the state held by Republicans.

"It's a huge honor for me to get Diane's endorsement for this race," said Himes, who was joined by his wife, Mary, and two daughters, Emma, 8, and Linley, 5.

"By all rights, Diane should be our congresswoman," he said to applause....

Farrell said Himes will succeed because Shays' continued support for the war in Iraq and Bush's fiscal policies "will give voters pause."

"I think the story of this campaign is Jim's qualifications," she said, "and the closeness of the last two races indicate that voters have looked closely at Shays' record."

More photos from yesterday on the HimesForCongress Flickr page.

(Disclosure: I am the Online Communications Director for Jim Himes.)

UPDATE (from CaptCT): I added some thoughts on the significance of this endorsement below the fold...
tparty :: Diane Farrell Endorses Jim Himes in Stamford
Diane Farrell's 2006 Congressional campaign against Chris Shays might have come up a little short, but it should always be remembered for at least a couple of things. It was during a debate with Farrell that Shays made the outrageous claim that the Abu Ghraib scandal did not involve torture but was a mere sex scandal. That statement, captured on video, illustrated just how out-of-touch Shays was on Iraq, despite making more than a dozen trips to the country. He later reversed himself on that statement - because no one believed him.

It was also during the Farrell campaign that Shays declared that he supported timelines for troop withdrawal, reversing his "stay-the-course" position just long enough to fool voters eager to believe any sign of sensibility coming from Shays on the war issue.

Well, Shays flip-flopped on timelines, voting against them not once, or twice, but three times. Now, going into the 2008 campaign, Chris Shays has a huge credibility problem.

Jim Himes made this point himself yesterday:

"There's a saying," he said. "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. The voters of this district will not be fooled again."

And it's not just Shays' credibility on the war that's at issue. Shays' support for Bush's disastrous economic policies -- tax cuts for the rich, and no relief for the middle class wage earners who fuel the economy -- exposes Shays' lack of credibility on economic issues as well.

Diane Farrell's campaign clearly exposed some rather large chinks in Chris Shays' armor, opening the door for the next candidate to hammer home the argument that Shays can no longer be trusted to represent the interests of voters in his district.

Farrell's support of Himes, at the very least, is a reminder of Shays' unkept promises and lost chances to move the country forward. That's no small thing.

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Diane (0.00 / 0)
Diane is still living in Washington DC, isn't she -- working for the Export-Import Bank?  A position for which she was nominated by George W. Bush.  (Odd, that.)

I guess I'm just a little curious about why Diane was in CT to endorse Jim Himes.  Is she still active in CT politics? Does she intend to return to CT at some point and run for office yet again?  Because, I can't really see what relevance she has here any more that would make an endorsement by her of much value.  

I'm probably missing something.

some perspective (0.00 / 0)
Farrell won nearly 100,000 votes in the 4th CD (just 7,000 votes shy of victory) and has a loyal base of supporters from around the district. Asking her supporters to throw their support to Himes can only help.

She took on a huge challenge in 2004 and 2006, and came thisclose to winning. She deserves a huge amount of credit for that, and for exposing Shays as the out-of-touch panderer that he is.

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