Jim Himes thumbs down Keystone

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor:

With his election hurdle comfortably behind him, Jim Himes quickly reverted to his old duplicitous self. After publicly implying in many town halls over the past several years that he was inclined to vote for the Keystone pipeline, he turned and voted against an important infrastructure project. Mr. Himes has moved up into national Democrat leadership, currently holding the Finance Chair of the DCCC and that may have something to do with his inexplicable vote.

Himes never misses an opportunity to call for “infrastructure investment.” But when faced with an opportunity to vote for a “shovel-ready” pipeline infrastructure project creating 40,000-plus jobs he sides with the myopic ideologues controlling his once-great party. The pipeline is safer, cleaner, and far less polluting than sending the Canadian oil into trucks and railcars toward its alternative destination, China, where it would be burned far less efficiently, resulting in massive 1950s-style air pollution. Also, Keystone represents a North American drilled and refined strategic resource. In the event foreign sources are choked off to us, we’ll be able to access all this energy right here in America. Opposing this project is the very definition of destructive ignorance. And in the case of Mr. Himes — rigid ideological insanity … all to the detriment of the American people.

The people of Fairfield County need to realize that Mr. Himes ideologically voted against a pipeline. There are over one million miles of pipelines in the USA. They crisscross every city in the country and traverse the great open spaces between them. But the richest of the rabid environmentalists donate massive amounts of cash to Liberal Democrats, and in fact threatened to withhold $100 million from Democrats this past cycle if they voted for Keystone.

As Finance Chair of the DCCC Jim Himes raised $163 million for Democrats nationwide. He was hoping to be appointed DCCC Chair by Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi voted NO on the pipeline and our cut-out of a representative obediently mimicked her lead. I would strongly suggest to my fellow citizens that campaign cash is the determining factor in Mr. Himes’s vote. And for this action and many similar prior ones, and more certainly to come over the next two years, Fairfield County voters need to voice their objections to his Stamford office at 866-453-0028, and finally vote him out of that office in the next election.

Bob MacGuffie


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