Dr. William Petit has already hosted a fundraiser for 5th District GOP candidate Lisa Wilson Foley but ventured into the race again today.
Wilson Foley declined to appear on WNPR program “Where We Live” and intra-party competitor Sen. Andrew Roraback filled her slot. During the interview on Wednesday, WNPR’s John Dankosky asked Roraback about his vote against repealing the death penalty after supporting it two years ago. Today the Wilson Foley campaign sent out this letter signed by Dr. Petit and his sister:
A Message from Dr. William Petit and Hanna Petit Chapman
Bill and I feel compelled to speak about comments made by State Sen. Andrew Roraback Wednesday on the Death Penalty. During the interview on WNPR’s “Where We Live,” Sen. Roraback defended his switch from opposition to support of the state Death Penalty. Sen. Roraback cited the plight of our family as a reason the law was “disingenuous,” since the effect of the new law would not lead to justice for current Death Row convicts.
We are very disappointed and hurt that Sen. Roraback would use our family name without our permission to provide him political cover when the repeal legislation was essentially the same bill he supported in 2009 – which he admitted in the interview.
One of the many reasons we support Lisa Wilson Foley is her consistency on this issue. Sen. Roraback’s attempt to interpret our emotions is simply politics. When we met with Sen. Roraback, we respected his initial position to oppose the Death Penalty. His comments Wednesday, in our minds, cast doubt on whether Sen. Roraback has any core convictions on important issues.
As Republicans from Plainville, we are supporting Lisa Wilson Foley because she is the best qualified to represent us in Washington, based in part, on her core principles.
We hope you will keep this mind as you choose a nominee for the U.S. Congress. We hope you will choose Lisa.
William Petit, MD
Hanna Petit Chapman
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