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September 09, 2008

The Bush-Shays connection

Rep. Chris Shays (R-Conn.) has been associating himself with both Barack Obama and John McCain in his recent advertising.

His Democratic opponent, Jim Himes, wants to remind voters of his ties to another national figure --  President Bush.

Himes, a former investment banker, launched a new ad that features a photo of Shays and Bush embracing, and arguing he “stands with George W. Bush on Iraq, energy, his disastrous economic policies and privatizing Social Security.”

Shays was able to withstand two tough challenges against opponents who argued that Shays was a rubber stamp for President Bush. Himes appears to be using the same strategy in an affluent district that leans in their favor, and are hoping the third time’s the charm.

President Bush only won 46 percent of the vote in the southwestern Connecticut district in 2004.