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An open letter to Jim Himes

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Dear Congressman Himes,

I watched your appearance on a Sunday news show a few weeks back and I must say I’m impressed with your newfound job duties of executive branch oversight. Funny, your first eight years on our dime didn’t provide any of these services, but I’m glad you’ve finally figured out part of your job after all this time. I guess you still need to learn about important little details like due process and the role of the grand jury, but don’t let that stop you from campaigning early, while your district goes down the economic tubes. We just lost another 3,000 jobs and our sales tax revenues are evaporating, down 8% in the last quarter with home sales and prices cratering.

I know you are busy getting ready for the 2020 campaign season underway now, but I was hoping you had a few minutes to answer some questions for the unwashed masses that pay your salary and lifetime pension.

Question: Will you ever get on TV and try to explain why it takes 90 minutes to drive across your 30 mile district on a good day and what you’ve done about it? How does that $70 million guard rail running from Fairfield to Westport that you were so proud of help improve the traffic? Do you have any other plans to help our 3rd worst rated infrastructure in the country? Or is Russian interference the cause of our traffic woes?

Question: Now that GE, RBS, UBS, and others are gone thanks to the high costs of compliance imposed by Dodd / Frank legislation you were a champion of, what kinds of industries are you working on locating here for our economic viability? Did the carve out you gave to your financial backers who are heavy in the $500 trillion derivatives market promise to come here with jobs to our vacant office buildings littering the landscape? Or are the Russians preventing them from doing this?

Question: In the next 18 months leading up to your presumed re-election bid for a 7th term, are you going to pass any meaningful legislation to help our local economy, traffic, and infrastructure that is falling apart? Your party controls 1/2 of 1/3 of our government. Do you think you can work with the senate and executive branch to gets something meaningful done for our district? Could you possibly work with your political opposition the way Tip O’Neil worked with Reagan to revitalize Boston? Or is it more important to block any meaningful progress? Or are you just too busy being worried about what the Russians are doing?

Maybe you would care to answer some of these questions myself and a lot of others are asking about what you are ever going to do for this district? I’m doubtful (but hopeful) that you might or would. I would welcome your responses to the real questions we need answered.

I’m not expecting a response as you are just too busy worrying about Russia. I get it, the country needs to be divided on non-issues to distract from the absolute failure you have been for our district. You need to propagate the charade that we are being governed by Russian interests to be relevant to your party bosses, but what has it gotten you? What has it gotten for our district? Our roads are falling apart, our jobs our leaving, and our home values are evaporating, and for selling us out you don’t even have a meaningful seat on any committee that your party controls. How does hating Trump help Fairfield County? Next time you get on TV can you please explain these real issues facing us instead of your Russia, Russia, Russia obsession?

 

Bryan Meek

 

Bryan Meek is a member of the Norwalk Board of Education.