Four out of five House members from Connecticut voted in favor of the Wall St. bailout package. In the hotly contested 4th Congressional District, Democratic candidate Jim Himes is calling for relief for the state’s small business owners.
Standing on West Main St. in Stamford, Democrat Jim Himes blamed incumbent Chris Shays, a member of the House financial services committee, and congressional Republicans for the nation’s economic mess.
"We are in this predicament because of an ideology of which Chris Shays has been a part. An anti-regulation, take your eye off the ball, take the referee off the field ideology which has brought us to where we are today."
Himes is a former vice-president of the Wall St. investment bank Goldman Sachs.
"Having worked in that industry for 12 years and left it to do other things, I have a background and a base of knowledge that will be very important to a very technical, very challenging, but absolutely essential task in the coming Congress."
He called for more streamlined regulation, and relief for small business owners like Thomas Bradford, who’s run Superior Barber Shop in Stamford for 50 years.
"I would say right now things is pretty rough. People only get haircuts when they have a little extra money. Your rent, your bills and all the other things come first. And its really hard now, really hard."
Shays voted with Democratic Representatives Chris Murphy, Rosa DeLauro and John Larson in favor of the bill that would provide 700 billion dollars to stabilize the economy. Democrat Joe Courtney opposed it.