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Sherman Republican First Selectman Clay Cope is exploring a run to challenge Democratic incumbent Elizabeth Esty for the 5th Congressional District seat.  The Newstimes reports that Cope could become the first openly gay Republican in Congress. 

 

The 53-year old was elected First Selectman in 2011, having previously served as vice president and marketing director of a QVC fashion label. 

 

Connecticut GOP party chairman JR Romano said in a statement that the Republicans have a variety of candidates including minorities and women.  He continued by saying that the Democrats like to play identity politics, appealing to interest groups rather than leading.

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