Another GOP Candidate Wants to Take on Himes

Posted August 10, 2009 at 3:20pm

A fourth Republican is preparing to take on freshman Democrat Jim Himes in Connecticut’s 4th District race, now that the biggest GOP recruit, state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, has bowed out.

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Finance industry veteran Rob Merkle released a statement Monday announcing that he had formed a campaign committee to run for the seat. “While I have never been a ‘professional politician,’ I cannot sit on the sidelines and watch while this administration and its supporters continue to undermine the fundamental principles upon which this country was founded – liberty, opportunity, and free markets,” Merkle said in the statement.  

Merkle is president of Management Recruiters of Westport LLC , a recruitment firm for the financial industry and has never held political office. He joins state Sen. Dan Debicella , attorney and former state Sen. Robert Russo , and nonprofit executive Will Gregory among the candidates exploring or running for the seat .