WILLINGTON, Conn. — A part of eastern Connecticut where many homeowners are dealing with crumbling foundations is becoming a popular stop for political candidates seeking statewide office.

The president of the Connecticut Coalition Against Crumbling Basements says he's had Democratic and Republican candidates for governor and other offices visit his home and tour his basement. Tim Heim says they all have been amazed to see the web of cracks spreading in the concrete walls.

The latest visitor is a Republican contender for governor, former Greenwich (GREN'-ich) hedge fund manager David Stemerman. With Heim's house as a background on Monday he unveiled a plan to help affected homeowners.

Heim says he hasn't heard any really new ideas for helping the thousands of affected homeowners but hopes this political attention will ultimately prove helpful.