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Himes amasses $2.6-M for re-election

Connecticut Post logo Connecticut Post 4 days ago By Ken Dixon

With more than $2.6 million on hand for his re-election, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes of Greenwich seems poised to compete from a position of strength for a fifth term in Congress.

Jim Himes wearing a suit and tie: U.S. Rep. Jim Himes has a $2.6-million re-election warchest, according to the latest filings with the Federal Election Commission. © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc U.S. Rep. Jim Himes has a $2.6-million re-election warchest, according to the latest filings with the Federal Election Commission.

According to the latest finance filings with the Federal Elections Commission, Himes, 51, raised more than $1.17 million during the first quarter of 2018, including more than $560,000 from individuals and nearly $538,000 from other committees and a variety of political-action groups in the business sector, including insurance, banks and even MGM Resorts, which wants to build a casino in Bridgeport.

Nancy Pelosi wearing a suit and tie: Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., right, and Rep. John Larson, D-1, in a 2006 file photo. © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., right, and Rep. John Larson, D-1, in a 2006 file photo.

According to an analysis of Himes’ April 15 filing by Opensecrets.org, securities and investment interests and the insurance industry were Himes’ biggest contributors. Fermat Capital Management, an investment group with offices in Greenwich and Westport, has written checks totaling more than $21,000.

His potential Republican challenger, Harry Arora, a Greenwich investor, has raised a fraction of Himes’ war chest, mostly from a $500,000 loan his gave his campaign, which has $647,000 on hand heading into next month’s Republican State Convention.

Gary L. Rose, chairman of the Department of Government, Politics and Global Studies at Sacred Heart University, who has researched the 4th Congressional District for decades, said Himes and other Democratic congressional incumbents seem formidable, if not unbeatable.

a man standing in front of a crowd: U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2 © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2

“I guess it takes almost a scandal of major proportions to bring down an incumbent in this state,” Rose said, noting the recent retirement announcement of 5th District U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, following a harassment scandal in her Washington office.

Rosa DeLauro holding a knife: U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3 © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3

With the relative ease of raising money, name recognition and constituent services, it could require a major change of political winds for Connecticut Democrats to lose in this year’s congressional contests said Rose, the author of “Connecticut's Fourth Congressional District: History, Politics, and the Maverick Tradition.”

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Greenwich investor Harry Arora, who hopes to win the GOP nomination for Congress next month, has only a fraction of the funds accumulated by his potential opponent, U.S. Rep. Jim HImes, D-4th. © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc Greenwich investor Harry Arora, who hopes to win the GOP nomination for Congress next month, has only a fraction of the funds accumulated by his potential opponent, U.S. Rep. Jim HImes, D-4th.

“It would take a scandal or a presidential contest with the broadest and sweeping coat tails,” Rose said. “Everything is pointing to the power of incumbency.” He said that one long-range way to change the 4th District, would be to put Bridgeport into the 3rd Congressional District after the 2020 Census.

Fourteen-term 3rd District U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro of New Haven, with no Republican challengers in sight heading into next months’ conventions, has raised about $760,000 and has $163,000 on hand.

The Opensecrets.org analysis finds that public-sector unions have given her more than $39,500; health professionals, more than $50,000 and Yale University more than $16,000. The Bridgeport-based lawfirm of Koskoff, Koskoff and Bieder has contributed more than $14,000 to DeLauro.

First District U.S. Rep. John Larson, in his tenth term, raised $815,286 in the first quarter of 2018, and has $380,534 on hand, according to the FEC, which lists no potential Republican challengers.

Second District U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, in his sixth term, raised $651,326 in the first quarter and has $969.564 on hand. Two potential challengers to Courtney have raised no money, according to the FEC.

kdixon@ctpost.com Twitter: @KenDixonCT

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