FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield County congressional candidate Dan Debicella believes that Democrats and Republicans have to stop butting heads in order to cut the gridlock in Washington and make Congress more effective.
Debicella is a Republican businessman and former state senator from Shelton who is running against Democratic incumbent Jim Himes for the Fourth Congressional District’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
He recently conducted an interview with Daily Voice at his campaign headquarters in Fairfield, where he discussed issues such as partisanship.
He said that one of the ways Congress can be more effective is by “admitting the other side has good ideas. It is to actually say, just because Barack Obama said something doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea. Or if you’re a Democrat, just because John Boehner said something doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea.”
He said that ideas presented in government need to be looked at on their own merit, and not at who has proposed them. He pointed to his recent support of Obama’s plan to train Syrian rebels to fight ISIS as an example.
“I think the president’s doing the right thing here. I think we have to be willing to say when the other side has good ideas,” he said.
He also said it’s important to for representatives in Congress to find members of the other party who are willing to reach across the aisle and work together. He said Connecticut's former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman was a good example of someone like that.
“He was someone who was a Democrat but who, if you were a Republican, you could reach across the aisle and work with him,” Debicella said.
He said that both parties are guilty of having members who refuse to acknowledge when the other party is right, which slows things down and makes it harder to pass effective legislation.
“It’s not just a Democrat thing, we have Republicans who won’t work with the other side. And I think we basically have to tell both extremes to go sit in a corner, and have those who are willing to work with the other side actually work to get things done.”
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