CLW endorsed Chris Himes (D) released a poll today showing him dead even with Rep. Chris Shays (R) at 45% each. As with the Markey poll below, this is paid for by the Himes campaign, so it may be weighted in his favor. Even so, it is a dramatic change in a race that Shays seemed to dominate over the summer.
A likely factor is Shays’ refusal last week to back off his McCain like statement that “the fundamentals of our economy are strong.” This congressional district is a bedroom community for Wall Street chock full of stock analysts and hedge fund brokers. Somehow, I think they might have a different take on the health of their portfolios at the moment.
Himes had years of experience as an investment banker before going to work for a non-profit that works to provide low-income housing. This resume might put him over the top this year against Shays, who as a long serving member of the Financial Services Committee might catch some of the blame for our economic implosion.