Dr. Petit Says, ‘I'm Not Running as a Crime Victim’ - NBC Connecticut

Dr. Petit Says, ‘I'm Not Running as a Crime Victim’



    Reversing the Effects of a Stroke
    Dr. William Petit Jr., center, listens to a statement read to the media after the first day of the trial of Steven Hayes at Superior Court in New Haven, Conn., on Monday, Sept. 13, 2010. Prosecutors allege Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky killed Petit's wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and their two daughters, 17-year-old Hayley, and 11-year-old Michaela, in their Cheshire, Conn. home in July 2007. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Dr. William Petit says he's running for the Connecticut legislature as a fiscal conservative, not as a crime victim. 

    The Republican became a national figure after surviving a 2007 home invasion in Cheshire in which his wife and two young daughters were murdered. 

    He is running against 11-term Democratic incumbent Betty Boukus, the House chair of the legislature's powerful bonding subcommittee. 

    Quinnipiac political science professor Scott McLean calls him a "gift to Republicans and a nightmare for the opposition," partly because he is such a sympathetic candidate. 

    Petit said he would be an advocate for victims' rights, but isn't planning to try and bring back the death penalty. 

    He thinks the Democrats are spending too much and he's getting into politics to help tackle the state's fiscal problems.