Congressman Jim Himes will not be easy to knock off in 2010. The first-term Democrat will have several million to dump in his reelection effort and the support of Barack to juice an urban turnout.
That’s not stopping Republicans from lining up to try to reclaim Connecticut’s Fourth Congressional District that the GOP held for nearly 30 years before Himes knocked off Chris Shays in 2008, the beneficiary of a dramatic turnout for Barack among new and young voters.
Shelton State Senator Dan Debicella who has roots in Bridgeport (his father was a city police officer) announced his candidacy the other day. Debicella, 34 years old, brings a Harvard MBA to the table as one of the more conservative members of the state legislature both fiscally and socially. I’ve only met Dan once and my friends who know him say he’s bright with a command of the issues.
Yet in his announcement he spoke about the need for a moderate voice in Congress, appealing to the historic Republican taste of the district such as Lowell Weicker, Stewart McKinney and Shays. In doing so he’s breaking from his core values and when you do that you’re open for a phony tag, particularly among Republican operatives looking for a conservative candidate to embrace.
How can Debicella recast himself as a moderate when he’s run as a conservative? Well, candidates do that when convenient. Young congressional candidate John Rowland took a pro-life position on his way to election in the Ronald Reagan landslide in 1984 and then when he ran for governor (oops) he found a new (pro-choice) position.
Debicella also told the Connecticut Post in his announcement that it’s an advantage for him to run at this point of his young career because he doesn’t have children. Who in freaking creation gave him that idiotic advice? The Fourth Congressional District is loaded with folks that meet the profile of Jim Himes: they’re in their forties, have kids, are saving for college, care about a whole host of issues. And young Dan tells them I can run because I don’t have kids. Good grief.
The first thing you need to do as a candidate (this is what they don’t teach at Harvard) is to connect with voters: I understand your problems, we care about the same things and this is what I’ll do about it. You talk about the things you have in common. You don’t say you have kids, I don’t but I know we can relate. Dan, you getting any of this?
Dan’s gonna have some Republican company including his friend, former State Senator Rob Russo. See Russo announcement below:
Russo drops bid for Bridgeport Board of Education to focus on Congressional run
Former State Senator Rob Russo announced today that he withdrew from the race for Bridgeport Board of Education in order to focus on a Congressional run. A formal announcement of Russo’s Congressional candidacy will come after Labor Day.
“Our country is facing great challenges, but this Congress and Jim Himes keep making the wrong choices,” said Rob Russo. “They raise our taxes in a recession. Explode spending. Borrow against our children and grandchildren’s future to bail out the banks and the automobile companies. Now they want the government to take over our health care. I will not sit idly by as Congress and Jim Himes mortgage our future.”
Since State Senator John McKinney announced he would not run for Congress, Russo has received strong encouragement from leading Republicans, top fundraisers and political activists to bring his ideas, energy and fiscally conservative philosophy to Washington.
This is not an image the city needs. A great issue, however, for Carmen Lopez. From the CT Post:
Rats may find less to feast on at the P.T. Barnum Housing Complex due to stepped up sanitation efforts, but they won’t disappear without the city’s help, tenants said Tuesday.
With members of the state Department of Environmental Protection, statewide Environmental Justice Network and city Health Department representatives in their midst, more than 30 residents met at the Garry Crooks Community Center to discussed a rat situation they say has grown worse since ground broke this spring on an addition to the nearby Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture Center.
“When you’re outside with your grandchild and a rat runs between you, it’s time to do something. It’s time to talk,” said Donna Fewell, president of the P.T. Barnum Tenant Association.
Fewell, with the help of Carmen Lopez, a retired superior court judge and Black Rock resident, has been talking to just about everybody, including the city health department, parks department and housing authority.
Wardell Moore, director of asset management for the Bridgeport Housing Authority, told residents extermination is a part of the normal operating process at the complex and efforts have been stepped up to make sure trash is covered and apartments are clean.
Warren Blunt, director of the city Health Department’s Environmental Health Division, said orders went out to the city, housing authority and Captain’s Cove Seaport, to clean the area.
Pleasure Beach Cleanup
Be advised: The Pleasure Beach Boat Lift this weekend is coming fast–we need volunteers to hit the beach, drive the boats and haul the trash. If you’d like to join CCB and Save the Sound as we descend on the Pleasure Beach garbage with extreme prejudice–join us at 10AM by the old Remington property on the East End of the Park–we also need volunteers at 8AM and 2PM to help deliver and return the boats–call 203-382-3661 or respond to this email to RSVP or go to our Facebook Events Page and sign up! See you Saturday!
Connecticut Community Boating, Inc.
News release from Mayor Finch
Join Mayor Finch for a Walk Along St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea
Monthly ‘Walk in the Parks’ Program Continues in Black Rock
The public is invited to join Mayor Bill Finch for a walk along St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea on Thursday, Aug. 13. Registration is required and begins at 5:30 p.m. at the foot of Gilman Street . The walk begins promptly at 6 p.m.
“I urge everyone to join me by taking a brisk walk by the water at St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea,” said Mayor Finch. “Walking is a great way to exercise and our beautiful shoreline park at St. Mary’s is a wonderful place to enjoy the fresh air.”
Participants are urged to wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing. For more information call 576-7680. The City recently signed on to Dr. Ian Smith’s 50-Million Pound Challenge, a free national health initiative that aims to rally Americans to come together to “Give up the pounds, not the fight” against obesity. Walk participants who wish to sign up for the Bridgeport Challenge may do so that evening, and the first 25 to register for the walk will receive a free Team Bridgeport T-shirt.
St. Mary’s By-the-Sea is a nine-acre passive city park fronting on Ash Creek and Black Rock Harbor with views of Long Island Sound and the historic Fayerweather Island Lighthouse. From the intersection of Gilman Street and Sailors Lane, along Grovers Avenue to the Black Rock Yacht Club, there is a 3,637-foot (0.7 mile) pedestrian walkway.
Mark your calendars now for the next Walk in the Park on Thursday, Sept. 17 at Beardsley Park.
Please note: You should always consult your physician or health care professional before performing this or any exercise activity or program particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, elderly or if you have any chronic, reoccurring or pre-existing conditions.