Himes packs them in for coffee meetup on humid August day

It was a humid August afternoon, with a heat advisory in place, so it was clear what beverage would be the top seller Friday afternoon when Congressman Jim Himes met constituents from the 4th District at the Connecticut Coffee & Grill in Wilton Center.

“It’s iced coffee, we’re selling a lot of iced coffee,” said Rafael Santos, son-in-law of the coffee shop’s owner, who was acting as the manager Friday for the Himes visit.

About 40 people from around the district packed the place, which was great for business. Himes last visited there a couple of years ago.

Himes, dressed in a crisp white shirt with sleeves rolled to the elbows and a red and blue striped tie, sat at a corner table and had mini-sessions with the constituents, three, four or five at a time.

Some just wanted to stop by and thank him for doing a good job in Congress. Some needed help with paperwork for assistance with things like rental agreement disputes, for which Himes had a staff worker on hand to help reach the proper channels. More than a few wanted to express their disgust with the 2016 Presidential campaign.

“They (Trump’s people) put it out that that Hillary wants to end the Second Amendment,” said Mariann Bigelow of Wilton, who attended the session with her husband, Jon.

“She can’t do it, it can’t be done,” Himes said, referring to the technical difficulties of actually overturning the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights.

Mariann’s husband, Jon, chatted, too, about how the Trump people have been pushing the issue out of the realm of reality, and Himes and Mariann listened to him in sync.

A staffer brought Himes a tall iced tea, with sugar. He took a short break after about four mini-sessions to take a photo with Santos and other workers, then got back to the business of hearing the public.

“I’m a member of the Republican Town Committee, but that doesn’t mean I always vote Republican. I always vote for the person. But I can’t do that in this election,” said one senior member of the public, who said he could support neither Clinton nor Trump.

Another senior man had the same complaint.

“These are the two candidates? That’s it? In this great country we can do better than that,” he said.

Himes indicated his support for Clinton, although he admitted she does have some challenges, and expressed hope that the political climate in Washington will clear and become more workable after the election.