State Senator Dan Debicella built on his impressive performance at the state nominating convention by earning a runaway victory in a three-way Republican primary. A lifelong resident of Fairfield County, Debicella has a background in both business and budgeting – two key elements of a healthy economy that Himes just doesn’t seem to understand. As a small business owner and business consultant, Debicella has gathered real-world experience that is essential to getting the country’s fiscal house back in order. As a State Senator, he has fought for smaller government, co-authored “no tax increase” budgets, and worked with Governor M. Jodi Rell in crafting education policy.
Himes leaned heavily on the national tide in 2008, tying himself closely to Barack Obama’s candidacy. But Himes severely underperformed, trailing Obama by nine points in the Fourth District. Now a loyal member of Washington’s Democrat establishment, Himes won’t be able to rely on the coattails that swept him into office to bail him out again in 2010. Coupled with his disastrous record, it isn't surprising that Himes is desperately clinging to just a narrow lead over Debicella as we head into the home stretch.
The district, entirely located within Fairfield County, was represented by Republicans Lowell Weicker, Jr., Stewart McKinney, and Chris Shays from 1969 until Himes took the seat in 2008. As nutmeg state taxpayers continue to recoil from Himes’ runaway tax-and-spend policies, Debecilla will provide a welcome contrast to the reckless ‘Washington-knows-best’ mentality that Himes has embraced. Southwest Connecticut demands independence from the likes of Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Washington Democrats, and Debicella is the only candidate in the Fourth District who will fight to get spending under control and put the economy back on track.