Dan Debicella of Shelton, the Republican challenging U.S. Rep. Jim Himes for Congress, said Monday morning that Jim Himes \u201cwasted\u201d $3 million in taxpayer money and then tried to distance himself from the stimulus-related money for a yacht and ferry builder. Debicella held a press conference Monday morning at the site of the former Derecktor Shipyards in Bridgeport\u2019s East End. At the political event, he said Himes \u2014 a Democrat in his third term \u2014 had \u201cwasted taxpayer money on special interest friends, destroyed jobs in Bridgeport, and attempted to cover it up.\u201d A new television ad by Debicella addresses this accusation and calls Himes \u201cpart of the problem now.\u201d A message left with Himes\u2019 office in Washington, D.C. on Monday morning was not immediately returned. A search of Himes' congressional website turned up nothing about Derecktor, which builds yachts, ferries and other commercial vessels. (Story continues below) ----------------- View the Debicella campaign ad on Derecktor: www.youtube.com\/embed\/UV9vEdt2_rw ----------------- Himes voted to give Derecktor nearly $3 million in government assistance in 2009, which the company received that August. Derecktor filed for bankruptcy in 2012 \u2014 for the second time in five years \u2014 leading to the loss of 300 jobs at its Bridgeport location. Issue came up in 2012 debate When Himes was asked about Derecktor during a 2012 debate \u2014 after the company went bankrupt \u2014 he said: \u201cI had nothing to do with Derecktor. That was before I was in office. I had nothing to do with it.\u201d \u201cThe timeline here is very clear,\u201d Debicella said. \u201cIn 2009, Jim Himes voted to give $3 million to Derecktor Shipyards, and then came in early 2010 for a photo opportunity with some of the executives. Then in 2012, Derecktor Shipyards went bankrupt. Taxpayers lost all $3 million and Bridgeport lost 300 jobs. "But that\u2019s not the end of it because in 2012, Jim Himes then denied knowing anything about it," Debicella said. "He said in one of the debates, quote, I had nothing to do with Director Shipyards, that was before I was in office.\u201d Debicella said this is a case of Himes \u201cnot only wasting million of dollars in taxpayer money \u2014 costing Fairfield County 300 jobs \u2014 but also then trying to cover up his involvement.\u201d Part of the stimulus package The 2012 debate was between Himes and Steve Obsitnik, the Republican candidate that year. During the debate,\u00a0Obsitnik said that the $3 million in stimulus money given to the luxury yacht company that later went bankrupt was an example of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act\u2019s ineffectiveness, according to coverage of the debate in the Stamford Advocate. Himes, at the debate, said that the money was given before he was in office. But a review of the stimulus program shows that Derecktor was awarded $2.947 million for a new dry-dock facility. That money, according to www.recovery.gov, was awarded seven months after Himes and President Barack Obama took office. Job creation "Derecktor Shipyards is a perfect of example of why Connecticut is 50th out of 50 in job creation,\u201d Debicella said later. \u201cJim Himes thinks the way to create jobs in Connecticut is to give millions of taxpayer dollars to mega-yacht builders so he can take a photo op, while I believe it is to reform the tax code, help the long-term unemployed, and empower small business.\u201d Records from Himes\u2019 Flickr account show he took a tour and photos at Derecktor Shipyards on Jan. 8, 2010. Himes was elected in 2008. \u201cCreating jobs takes more than a photo op,\u201d said Debicella, who is a Bridgeport native. \u201cWe need adults in the room in Washington. We need leadership that will stop with the photo ops and talking points and put forward real solutions.\u00a0 That is why I have put forward a detailed plan to grow our economy and expand the middle class.\u201d Debicella is a former two-term state senator from Shelton. He also ran against Himes for Congress in 2010 and lost. Himes represents the Fourth Congressional District, which includes much of Fairfield County, including most of the city of Shelton. He lives in Greenwich. Some of Shelton is in the Third Congressional District.