While Washington mulled over the largest government bailout in history to shore up Wall Street, former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley yesterday spoke in front of a struggling middle-class family in Springdale.
He joined Democratic congressional candidate Jim Himes, whom he endorsed in his campaign against Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, a 10-term Congressman. The two appeared at the home of Georgina and Jonathan Rosenbaum, owners of a small illustration business who just enrolled their daughter in college.
"You might find somebody a likable guy, but when they vote against your interest time after time, there comes a moment where you say, 'We need a change,' " Bradley said.
Himes promoted his proposed tax credits for families that earn less than $250,000. The government cannot ignore middle-class households while Wall Street titans received federal aid, Himes said.
"They are struggling like never before," Himes said. "And not by accident, but because this country and our leadership have implemented a series of disastrous economic policies."