Hey, wake up! The general election is just two months away. What? You want to enjoy the Labor Day weekend without the annoyance of phone calls, mailers and blowhard political junkies like me?
Can’t blame ya. But it’s been awful quiet out there. That’s to be expected with an August primary. There must be a lull in the action, although there wasn’t much action judging from the pathetic August turnout. So now the attention switches to November and state and national media are picking up that freshman Congressman Jim Himes has a battle.
This is not a surprise given the makeup of Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District that covers Greenwich to Bridgeport along the shore and several inland communities, and the crabby mood of unaffiliated voters given spending in Washington and a stimulus investment that has not turned out as advertised.
Jimmy’s out on his 17-day tour visiting each each of the 17 communities in the district. And each day supporters of his Republican opponent Dan Debicella, who was raised in Bridgeport, issue 17 reasons why Himes shouldn’t be reelected. Two years ago Himes was chasing down 21-year incumbent Chris Shays. Now Jimmy’s being chased. The turnout in Bridgeport will be crucial in this race, and judging the interest so far the turnout will be death valley. What about you? Are you following this race? Do you care?
The Debicella campaign kicked out this release based on a Hartford Courant story:
Hartford Courant: Capitol Watch Blog
Democrat Jim Himes Placed On CNN’s Top 100 List of Most Vulnerable Seats; Facing GOP’s Dan Debicella In November
By Christopher Keating
The Congressional race in lower Fairfield County is heating up as U.S. Rep. Jim Himes has been placed on CNN’s 100 of the “most vulnerable” races in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Himes, a freshman Democrat, scored an upset victory in 2008 over longtime U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays as numerous Democrats came out in Bridgeport to vote for Barack Obama at the top of the ticket.
Obama is not on the ballot this year, and Himes is facing state Sen. Dan Debicella of Shelton, whose father was a Bridgeport police officer. Debicella went on to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Traditionally, the seat in lower Fairfield County has been held by the Republicans. Before Shays held the seat for 21 years, the late Stewart McKinney had it for 17 years. Before McKinney, the local Congressman was a relatively unknown politician from Greenwich named Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. He led the district in the late 1960s before running for the U.S. Senate in 1970 and winning his first of three terms.