Former State Representative Brian Flaherty said tonight it is “not likely” he will run for the 5th congressional seat, currently held by Democrat Elizabeth Esty. During a taping of Face the State, the Watertown Republican cited family concerns as the reason he is against a run. Flaherty has three children, all of whom are busy with many activities. He works for Nestle Waters as a vice-president of governmental affairs. Flaherty served 8 terms in the general assembly.
The possibility of a Flaherty run was first raised in the “Hanging Shad,” reported by political commentator Pat Scully. In many ways, Flaherty would be an ideal candidate for the GOP. He has served as a political analyst for Face the State on WFSB for the past six years, which gives him an advantage in name recognition over other potential candidates. Flaherty is also skilled in front of television cameras, and that could aid him in debates. In addition, he is widely respected in political circles in Hartford and Washington.
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