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    I grew up in CT-04, but I don't live there anymore.  I'm from Westport, specifically, which Shays lost when he was running against former First Selectwoman Farrell but won even as he lost the district against Himes (Himes won Westport in 2010, however, along with a few other towns not named Stamford or Bridgeport).  My vague impression is that Shays was personally popular even in Westport, which is one of the most liberal of the "gold coast" towns, and thus one of the most liberal in the district.  What I don't know is whether that was true across the district, or across the state, or if either is still true after he's been out of office for a while.  What do you think, as a current resident?

    Despite being out of state and in debt (we should point out that was due to people stealing from his campaign!) Shays is obviously a good politician, but so is Murphy--both won in years good and bad for their party, although Shays' district was tougher for him than Murphy's is for him (but Shays benefited from decades of seniority, connections, and goodwill dating back to when the district was less Democratic).  I think of Shays more like a Bill White--as good a candidate as a party in a hostile state can get, but probably not the sort who can defy political gravity.

    25, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-12(now)

    by Xenocrypt on Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 10:02:37 AM PDT

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