In case you missed it, in an editorial in today’s Connecticut Post, columnist Hugh Bailey explains that Jim Himes will win on November 6 because he has “proven to be a good congressman” and his opponent Steve Obsitnik has been “reduced to running on platitudes.” Bailey also says that while “Himes, to his credit, has taken some tough votes over the years,” Obsitnik has been unwilling to take a position on the federal budget proposals offered by Mitt Romney, President Obama, and, most importantly, House GOP Budget Chair Paul Ryan, whose plan would decimate Medicare and force seniors to pay an extra $6,400 per year for their health care.
“You can’t get elected to Congress on a platform of ‘I’m not that guy,’ particularly when you’re running against someone like Jim Himes, a Congressman the voters respect and whose positions and actions—especially on job creation and deficit reduction—really mirror the positions of the people he represents,” said Himes for Congress Campaign Manager Justin Myers. “Bailey hits the nail on the head when he points out that Obsitnik won’t reject Paul Ryan’s plan to decimate Medicare and that he is ‘running on platitudes.’ With the debates starting this week, it will be interesting to see if Obsitnik manages to form any positions.”
From the article:
There's also the fact that he [Himes] has proven to be a good congressman, who takes his job seriously and boasts a highly entertaining Twitter feed, too. And he has an opponent in Steve Obsitnik who, like other Republicans in Connecticut, has no interest in tying himself to his national party's extremism and is instead reduced to running on platitudes.
In a recent rundown of the candidates' stands on various issues, the Obsitnik campaign didn't want to say whether he favored Mitt Romney's budget proposal, or the Paul Ryan Medicare overhaul plan, or even the 2013 Obama budget. The answer for each came back as "Question too general." Try that one as a freshman congressman: "I can't offer a yes or no vote because the question is too general. Instead, I have my own special plan." It doesn't work that way.
Himes, to his credit, has taken some tough votes over the years. His focus on the deficit is not in line with the majority in his party (or certain Connecticut Post columnists). But he earns points for taking a stand.
The Fourth District, then, looks to be tough for Republicans.
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In the four debates scheduled between Jim and his opponent voters will get to know more about Jim, and probably learn nothing more about his opponent who refuses to take positions or answer questions.