May convention madness is here. Monday night in Bridgeport Dems endorsed Congressman Jim Himes for what he hopes is another two years representing Connecticut’s Fourth District that includes the Park City and heavy GOP suburbs.
Several Republicans have lined up to challenge Himes in November including Shelton State Senator Dan Debicella, former Bridgeport GOP Chair Rick Torres and Easton First Selectman Tom Herrmann.
The GOP battle right now is for money and delegates to endorse a candidate, but an August primary looms. Debicella, a Bridgeport native, has locked up most of the party support. He also shows fundraising strength having raised more than $500,000. The big question: how much moolah must Debicella burn to win the primary? Himes will have several million to spend for his reelection effort.
From the Debicella campaign:
Herbst Endorses Debicella for Congress
Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst today endorsed State Senator Dan Debicella for Congress in Connecticut’s Fourth Congressional District.
“Dan Debicella has demonstrated time and time again during his service in Hartford that he is a true fiscal conservative,” said Herbst. “He will bring new ideas to Washington to get this economy growing again and reduce our massive federal deficit without raising taxes.”
Herbst is serving his first term as Trumbull’s First Selectman. Herbst previously served eleven years on Trumbull’s P&Z Commission, and said he has known Senator Debicella since before either of them held major elective office.
Herbst had previously endorsed former State Senator Rob Russo, who represented Trumbull in the state legislature. Last week, Russo dropped out of the race for Congress and endorsed Debicella.
“While there are many candidates in the race, Dan Debicella has the best ideas for how to create jobs and reduce the size of government in Washington,” said Herbst. “We need a candidate who can be a sharp contrast to Jim Himes’ rubber-stamp approval of Nancy Pelosi’s big-government agenda. Dan is that leader.”
Herbst noted that Debicella already has endorsements from over 60% of the delegates to the convention. “Dan is going to be our nominee, and I encourage all delegates to support him. We do not need to waste our time and resources fighting among fellow Republicans in a primary—the real contrast is between Dan Debicella and Jim Himes’ vision for America.”
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