Shaban, Himes challenger hopeful, quits GOP race

Rep. John Shaban, R-135th. (Photo:

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — State Rep. John Shaban has dropped his bid for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Jim Himes and will instead focus on winning re-election to the legislature.

The Hearst Connecticut Media Group reports that Shaban told supporters in an email that he had been monitoring his campaign finances, and “general traction” of his campaign.

Shaban endorsed Dan Debicella, who is seeking a rematch against Himes. Shaban says his and Debicella’s styles may differ, but the substance of their beliefs does not.

Himes defeated Debicella, a Shelton businessman and former state senator, with 53 percent of the vote in 2010.

Carl Higbie IV, a former Navy Seal from Greenwich, also is pursuing the GOP nomination,

Himes was first elected to Congress in 2008.


Information from: Connecticut Post

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