SIMSBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — The Cheshire doctor whose wife and two daughters were killed in the 2007 home invasion, is now considering a move into politics.
Doctor William Petit says he is still on the fence about possibly running for congress.
Dr. Petit, who is 57 years old, and whose new wife is expecting a baby in just eight weeks, says the odds right now are about 50-50 that he'll run.
He would be seeking to replace first term Democrat Elizabeth Esty, who won the seat last year when Chris Murphy decided to run for the U.S. Senate.
"I think she's a freshman in congress," said Petit, "it's a tough position to be in and that's part of the whole decision making process...whether a freshman in congress can make a difference."
If he does run he would clearly get an enormous amount of coverage by virtue of who he is. And if he won the seat, he would likely be on the national stage for the same reason.
However, Petit would have to get by businessman Mark Greenberg, who has been stacking up Republican endorsements for months.
Greenberg's campaign says Petit's entry would not change their approach.
It would change everything about the dynamics of next year's race though.
He's a life-long Republican, who, in addition to his vast charitable work since his family was killed, has dabbled in politics at the Capitol by speaking out against repeal of the death penalty, an argument he lost when the death penalty was repealed.
A loss he is clearly still bitter about.
"Disappointing probably an interesting word," Petit said. "I'd probably use something stronger than that, but politicians clearly make egregious errors at times....when they make decisions."
The doctor is also highly critical of Obamacare, saying it has a lot of problems and appeared Friday to be in support of the tactics being used by the Republicans in the U.S. House.
However, his new wife is expecting and that's clearly another consideration.
Is she in favor of entering politics?
"She's probably on the fence being 32 weeks pregnant...ummm...just was in the hospital for three days with kidney stones so, a little bit of a stressful week," Petit said.
Dr. Petit says he has been contacted by both local and national Republicans about this. He wouldn't give a time table about his decision, but chances are it can wait until after the baby arrives.
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