Republican Congressional candidate John Shaban is on a mission to abridge Democratic incumbent Jim Himes as we hit the homestretch for the November 8 general election. As a challenger to Republican Chris Shays in 2008, Himes made his bones in Bridgeport barbecuing the incumbent on his failure to deliver the moolah for a replacement bridge over the Pequonnock River to connect the East Side with Downtown that also features the headquarters for the city’s Fire Department. It was a surreal moment that cycle when Shays actually crashed the bridge press conference of Himes, which only served to turn an okay story into a front-page event. Himes prevailed in the Barack Obama presidential tsunami led by a massive urban turnout.
Himes did secure funding to remove the antiquated stuck-open bridge but the millions more required for a new bridge is, well, stuck.
Shaban, a member of Connecticut’s State House, has his headquarters in Bridgeport (as does Himes) where he has appeared often at various events as a Republican reaching out to urban voters. He is money-challenged, in part as a result of traditional Fairfield County-based givers running from the toxic presidential candidacy of Donald Trump. But that has not snipped the campaign’s sense of humor per the video above.