Both parties were attempting to recruit high profile crime victims to run for the competitive western Connecticut congressional seat, but to no avail. Republicans attempted to convince state Rep. William Petit (R-Cheshire), the victim of a highly publicized and horrific home invasion crime that resulted in his wife and other family members perishing, said he will not run for Congress. Likewise for Sandy Hook Promise founders Mark Barden and Nicole Hockley, two potential Democratic candidates who lost sons in the 2012 school shooting that rocked the nation. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Cheshire) is not seeking re-election due to a sexual harassment situation involving her former chief of staff.
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