Mark Greenberg, a Litchfield County businessman making his third run for Congress, has nabbed a big-name endorsement: Fairfield state Senator and Republican gubernatorial hopeful John McKinney.
“Proud to endorse Mark Greenberg for Congress this morning,” McKinney tweeted just before noon, about two hours after the two candidates appeared at a Waterbury manufacturing firm owned by the family of Republican state Rep. Selim Noujaim.
Greenberg is seeking the Republican nomination for the 5th Congressional District, currently held by freshman Democrat Elizabeth Esty.
Greenberg sought his party’s nomination for the seat in both 2010 and 2012, but each time, he fell short. In both of those runs, he was supported by the tea party movement in Connecticut.
Dr. William Petit, the lone survivor of a brutal home invasion in Cheshire, said he is also pondering a run for the GOP nod for the 5th District seat. Does McKinney’s endorsement signal that Petit, who worked closely with McKinney during the debate over repealing capitol punishment in Connecticut, is not planning to run for the seat? (Both McKinney and Petit oppose the repeal, which nevertheless cleared the legislature and was signed into law by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.)