Nov 21, 2013
09:56 AM
Connecticut Politics

Dan Debicella is 'On the Radar' of Congressional Republicans

Dan Debicella is 'On the Radar' of Congressional Republicans

According to the National Republican Congressional committee, Rep. Jim Himes should be worried about losing his job. 

The NRCC released their first round of “On the Radar” candidates—a listing of individuals to be included in the Committee’s “Young Guns” program, where they will be helped to beat Democratic opponents. Dan Debicella, a former state senator from Shelton, is staging a second bid for the U.S. House seat in the state’s fourth district, which has been held since 2008 by  Himes. Debicella lost to Himes in 2010.

The “On the Radar” portion of the program is the first of three levels to be considered part of the “Young Guns” program, the announcement explains. Individuals were put on the list who “…all provide a stark contrast to their liberal opponents, whose support of ObamaCare and this Administration’s big-government, job-destroying agenda has taken a toll on the American people,” said NRCC Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) in a statement.

Here’s an explainer of the program from the NRCC:

Originally founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Young Guns program supports and mentors challenger and open-seat candidates in races across the country. Officially an NRCC effort for the past 2 election cycles, the program requires its candidates to work towards specific goals and meet benchmarks throughout the year to ensure their continued participation in the program. In the 2012 election cycle, the program helped to elect 35 new Republican Members to the 113th Congress.

The Connecticut GOP tweeted a link to the announcement and a congratulations to Debicella.



Dan Debicella is 'On the Radar' of Congressional Republicans

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