Fourth District Republican Will Gregory will announce his candidacy for Congress later today, moving out of the exploratory phase and into a full campaign posture.
According to a release, Gregory has been touring Fairfield County and he’s liked what he’s heard:
“The response has been clear and overwhelming,” he said. “The residents of our district are hungry for a new kind of leadership in Washington. They are looking for someone to stand up and fight for them on the issues that matter most, and that’s exactly what I plan to do in Congress.”
The race in the Fourth, after looking like a surefire clash between Shays-slayer Jim Himes and Senate GOP Leader John McKinney since 9:30pm on Election Night 2008, is now up in the air for the GOP.
District titans like Norwalk Mayor Dick Moccia, former Greenwich First Selectman Jim Lash, or State Sen. Dan Debicella have all spent months waiting for Sen. McKinney to get in the race. It remains to be seen whether any of these three gentlemen, or anyone else, would get in the race with so little time left to raise funds.
Mr. Gregory enters the race as a wild card – unproven in ability to raise funds or win votes – and largely untested. But for his part, he seems optimistic:
“As your Congressman, I’ll make it my job to protect your job. That is why in the coming months, I will be traveling to every corner of the district engaging residents, of all political stripes, in a conversation about the issues facing our community and how we can move America forward together,” said Mr. Gregory.
He will spend the next several months touring the district and hosting Economic Summits with local residents.