State Sen. Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, Rep. Bruce Morris, D-Norwalk and one of U.S. Congressman Jim Himes’, D-Greenwich staffers tried today to put a face on the ongoing debate over federal winter heating aid.
As we’ve reported over the past couple of weeks, the White House and Congress are expected to dramatically slash the annual Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, leaving states like Connecticut scrambling to figure out how to divvy up their smaller pots of money among an ever needier population.
Critics fear the impact in particular on the elderly, and Duff and his colleagues had found a 91-year-old Norwalk resident willing to talk to the media about it.
That, apparently, was yesterday, when the 2:30 p.m. event was announced.
Today’s press conference was still held outside of the woman’s Spruce Street home, but she remained indoors as the politicians and a pair of local senior advocates spoke. The elderly homeowner eventually emerged to ask us to get off of her lawn.
And then a few minutes later it began to pour.