by Jennifer Swift
Feb 5, 2014
10:01 AMConnecticut Politics
Dr. William Petit Won't Run For Congress
Dr. William Petit has decided against running for Congress in the fifth district, he said in a statement, the Associated Press reported today.
Petit, the sole survivor of a heinous home invasion that left his wife and two daughters dead, was previously considering a run against freshman Rep. Elizabeth Esty.
Petit has been an active voice in the Capitol, speaking out on such issues as victim advocacy and the death penalty. The AP reported Petit's decision was made in part because he is newly remarried and has a 10-week-old son.
Petit's decision means the race is expected to be fought between Esty and Republican Mark Greenberg. Greenberg sought the Republican nomination in the last election but lost to Andrew Roraback, who later lost to Esty. Sal Lilienthal is also fighting for the nomination.
Petit's wife Christine was apparently pleased with the news. She tweeted "Yay! I get to keep my husband" along with a tweet from an NBC reporter announcing Dr. Petit would not run for Congress. She later tweeted a photo of Petit snoozing while snuggled with his young son and said "This beats Congress any day."
At least one Republican says she's ready for Petit when he wants to run. "I saw the headline, but have not read the article yet. Thanks for considering and let me know when you are ready!," state Rep. Melissa Hoy Ziobron tweeted at Petit, with the hashtag "got your back."
"I had been approached by a number of people who urged me to consider this possibility and suggested that I could make a difference if elected. I have always felt it is a great responsibility and privilege in a democracy to run for public office, and that those who care about good government need to be willing to get involved. That said, I am newly re-married and have a 10 week old son with whom I am spending a lot of loving time. That is my clear priority, and I feel particularly blessed to be able to devote my time to them and to continue to volunteer for the Petit Family Foundation at this stage of my life."Dr. William Petit Won't Run For Congress