Connecticut GOP taps congressional candidates

Congressmen leave the House of Representatives following the week’s final votes, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, April 4, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Republicans have endorsed candidates to challenge the state’s five incumbent, Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Litchfield real estate developer Mark Greenberg received the party’s backing on Friday, the opening day of the two-day Republican State Convention being held at the Mohegan Sun casino. Greenberg will challenge freshman Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Esty in the 5th Congressional District.

This marks the first time Greenberg has won his party’s endorsement in the 5th District.

In the 4th District, former state Sen. Dan Debicella will challenge U.S. Rep. Jim Himes.

In the 3rd District, Republican Jim Brown will challenge veteran Rep. Rosa DeLauro. Republican Lori Hopkins Cavanaugh will challenge 2nd District Rep. Joe Courtney, while Republican Matt Corey was endorsed to challenge Rep. John Larson in the 1st District.

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