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Himes Can Move Our District and Country Forward

Monroe DTC Chairman Nicholas Kapoor claims Himes' opponent, Steve Obsitnik, does not have a plan.

To the Editor:

Voting is one of, if not the most, direct way that every voting eligible citizen can influence their government. It is the bedrock principle on which our Republican form of government was founded. When someone chooses to run for office, it is important to see that he or she has exercised that very precious right to cast a vote. Mr. Steve Obsitnik, running for Congress in the 4th Congressional District, has not consistently utilized this right. I question the validity and trustworthiness of Mr. Obsitnik’s intentions to run for Congress if he has not lent his voice to the national conversation that takes place every year between the American people and their elected officials in the ballot box.

Mr. Obsitnik, still to date, has not proposed one single specific bill or idea that he would introduce or pursue if he becomes a member of the United States House of Representatives. Our country is in need of forward thinking, successful, experienced leaders. A prerequisite to becoming this type of leader is, at the very least, exercising one’s right to vote.

I would pose this question to all voters in the 4th Congressional District: Do you want your Representative in Congress to be?:

Steve Obsitnik who:

  • Has not told you what he wants to do
  • Has not voted in elections
  • Belongs to a political party who is running a Vice Presidential candidate who wants to voucherize Medicare

OR

Jim Himes who:

  • Has shown consistent leadership by championing provisions of the Jobs Bill and has worked diligently for Wall Street reform in his capacity as a member of the Financial Services Committee
  • Embodies progressive thinking for his district and the country by standing up for equal rights for everyone including LGBT Americans
  • Impresses upon his colleagues and practices a willingness to work across the aisle and compromise

The answer to this question is the voters’ choice.  A choice that will directly effect every citizen of the 17 towns comprising the 4th Congressional District for the next two years.  A choice that can move our district and this country forward or stagnate progress.

I will be exercising my right to vote this November 6th. I hope Mr. Obsitnik does the same, although I have my doubts.

Nicholas Kapoor

Monroe Democratic Town Committee Chairman

Rt25 August 23, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Al, you took the words right out of my post. Chris Murphy has not earned a promotion - his committee attendance is deplorable. It shows how little he cares about the nuts and bolts of legislation. He just shows his face for the final vote after all the hard work has been completed. I'm so glad this was made public, he is not getting my vote. Mr. Kapoor, I would like to know how you feel about this neglect from your Congressman!
Jonathan Perloe August 26, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Rich, Himes takes contributions from constituents in his district, some of which work in the financial services industry. That is not the same as taking contributions from "finance companies". And the reason you know that he is getting contributions from individuals who work in the financial services industry is because those contributions are completely transparent and in the public record. Representative Himes has endorsed legislation to make all political contributions transparent, especially in the wake of Citizens United, which allows unlimited, secret contributions to 501(c)(4) so-called "social welfare" nonprofits. If you're worried about transparency in the political process, Himes is the wrong politician to attack.
Rich August 26, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Himes is taking corporate donations from UBS, Goldman and the like. He should resign from the committees or not accept donations. If it quacks like a duck and walks like a duck then I assume it's a duck.
Rich August 27, 2012 at 01:37 AM
If you want to see who gives him his money, follow this link http://maplight.org/us-congress/legislator/764-jim-himes or this one showing almost 900k from Financial/Real Estate/Insurance http://votesmart.org/candidate/campaign-finance/106744/jim-himes
Rich August 28, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Jonathan- Anything to say?

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