Republican Dan Debicella portrays U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District, in a TV ad released today as “a rubber stamp” for “the failed policies of the past two years.”

It is illustrated with the obligatory unflattering photo of Himes, as well as a shot of the incumbent side by side with Sen. Christopher Dodd. Interestingly, there is no mention of Barack Obama or even the Democratic majority, just an oblique reference to “past two years.”

Here is the script:

By rubber stamping the failed policies of the past two years, Jim Himes has failed Fairfield County families.

A stimulus package that has done nothing to reduce unemployment.

A trillion dollar spending binge that leaves our families with more debt.

Record new taxes that will hit our families on January 1.

Fairfield County families can not afford a congressman who just rubber stamps a failed Washington agenda.

I’m Dan Debicella and I approved this message because like you, I believe there’s a better way.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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