Debicella’s moderate claims can’t hide extreme views

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Dan Debicella recently told the Post that he wants to fix traffic jams. I suppose this is a genius strategy when facing an uphill battle against Congressman Jim Himes, as what’s easier to oppose than rush hour traffic?

However, Debicella should understand that Congress does a lot more than highway construction oversight. Congress decides who can have guns, who can get married, who can afford a top-notch education, and who can become a United States citizen. In each of these areas, Debicella is either silent (not mentioning any of these issues on his campaign website) or is starkly conservative.

As a high school student and first-time voter, I researched the two candidates extensively. Although Debicella claims to be a moderate, he seems perfectly in tune with the Republican national base, advocating for a reduction of corporate tax rates and repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Debicella unapologetically opposed providing emergency contraception to rape victims and believes common-sense gun regulations implemented after the Sandy Hook tragedy went “too far.”

Congressman Himes has battled gridlock to support his constituents. Although Debicella would like you to believe Himes “no longer cares about your family” and has spent six years sitting on his hands, the truth is that Himes has cosponsored vital pieces of legislation, including the Women’s Health Protection Act, the Veterans Spouses Equal Treatment Act and the Strong Start for America’s Children Act.

It’s outlandish to expect a moderate and liberal constituency to vote for such a conservative candidate. Will Debicella take a page out of the Romney playbook and suddenly transform into a moderate Republican? Or, more likely, will he continue to boast his conservative record of opposing policies that help women, students and low-income families?

Don’t expect to find any answers on his campaign website. All I can find there is a link to Debicella’s alternative health care plan. Regrettably, the link does not work and we’re left wondering how exactly Debicella plans to insure the uninsured after repealing Obamacare.

I hope that voters will turn out in droves this November to support Congressman Jim Himes.


Will Haskell

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