Debecilla, a Republican running in the 4th congressional district against Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, recently told the Shelton Herald that he is “pro-choice.”
“I am pro-choice,” Debicella is quoted as saying in an article in the Sept. 12 issue. “I’ve always been pro-choice. I’m pro-stem cell research. I’m pro-gay marriage. I am very, very liberal on a lot of social issues.”
In case anyone missed the point, the headline of the piece summed it up: “Shelton’s Dan Debicella pledges to be a moderate Republican.” (The article also states he backs federal gun legislation requiring universal background checks.)
To Peter Wolfgang, executive director of the Family Institute of Connecticut, Debecilla’s comments put him in the same camp as socially moderate Republicans such as Linda McMahon, who were unable to win.
“Republican candidates for high office would do well to learn from the mistakes of Linda McMahon’s 2012 campaign,” Wolfgang wrote in a Friday afternoon email to supporters. “Connecticut Republicans have nothing to gain from embracing the anti-family agenda and everything to lose: they will not win liberal Democrat voters but they will lose social conservatives who see little difference between the two parties. Yet many Connecticut Republicans continue to follow this strategy to defeat every two years.”
The views expressed by Debicella represent a shift from his earlier stance, Wolfgang said.” Debicella told FIC in 2006 that he supported the traditional definition of marriage, in 2007 he was one of only three state senators to vote against forcing Catholic hospitals to provide the potentially abortifacient Plan B drug and in 2008 FIC’s political action committee openly endorsed him for state senate,” Wolfgang wrote.
Debicella could not be reached for comment.