Jim Himes, the Democrat who beat Shays, has co-signed a letter to President-elect Obama with the other four Connecticut House Democrats endorsing Shays for director of the Peace Corps.
At first glance, this may sound like a gracious move after ousting Shays, a well-liked moderate. But the endorsement has some merit — Shays was a Peace Corps volunteer from 1968-1970 in Fiji and has a passion for international aid and foreign relations.
In his letter to Obama, Himes noted that Shays is "a former Peace Corps volunteer and a strong believer in America's special obligation to work toward peace and freedom, Congressman Shays would do a wonderful job of representing our country to those nations of the world served by the Peace Corps."
Himes cc'd the entire Connecticut congressional delegation in the letter.