William Petit Considers a Run for Office

Oct 11, 2013

Dr. William Petit, right, and his sister Johanna Chapman, at the Capitol during the debate over Connecticut's death penalty debate in 2012.
Credit Mark Pazniokas / CT Mirror

Dr. William Petit, the sole survivor of the brutal 2007 home invasion in Cheshire, has spoken with state Republican officials about a run for public office.

An anonymous Republican official told the Associated Press that Petit is considering a run for Congress. He has weighed in on public policy before, campaigning against the repeal of the death penalty in Connecticut.

In the 2012 race, Petit backed Republican Lisa Wilson-Foley for Connecticut's 5th congressional district. He penned a letter with his sister in support of Wilson-Foley, criticizing her opponent Andrew Roraback for statements he made on WNPR's Where We Live about the death penalty.

Petit's sister, Johanna Chapman, told the AP that despite her brother's passion for politics, the timing may not be right for him and his new wife, who are expecting their first child together in December.

His passion for politics is also evident on Twitter, where he frequently criticizes Democrats in DC.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has made it clear that they're targeting Connecticut's 5th congressional district again in 2014. Democrat Elizabeth Esty beat Roraback by less than 7,500 votes in 2012.