Debicella criticizes Himes for role in National Charles Darwin Day

Dan Debicella
Dan Debicella

The campaign of Republican congressional candidate Dan Debicella is criticizing Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Himes for co-sponsoring legislation that advocates for a National Charles Darwin Day.

“You have got to be kidding me — who cares?” said Debicella, a former state senator and Shelton resident. “Fairfield County families are hurting, with high unemployment and exploding healthcare costs — and this is what Jim Himes thinks is important?”

According to a press release distributed by Debicella’s campaign, the Connecticut Post reported that Himes is co-sponsoring legislation that advocates for a National Charles Darwin Day.

Darwin was a British naturalist and geologist in the 1800s known for the theory of evolution, which he advanced in the middle of that century and now is largely accepted as fact by the scientific community.

Jobs and healthcare

Debicella said Himes should instead be focusing his efforts on the economy. The Debicella campaign release stated that according to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. economy remains 1.3 million jobs short of where it was when Himes was first elected in late 2008.

Debicella charged that of the five bills Himes has sponsored so far this year in the House of Representatives, none have to do with creating jobs. He also pointed out that the Congressional Budget Office just released a report finding that Obamacare will push two million more workers out of the labor market.

“[Himes’] actions are hurting families like the one I met in Trumbull who now faces more than a $10,000 increase to their health insurance,” Debicella claimed.