Lisa Wilson-Foley of Simsbury, a businesswoman who ran for lieutenant governor last year, today joined the crowded Republican field for Congress in the 5th District.

“What do you do when the government has pushed you to a point where you simply say, ‘I’ve had enough?’ My answer is this – you fight. You fight to take back what is yours – your rights, your money, your freedom – our future. That is why I have announced my candidacy for Congress in Connecticut’s Fifth District,” Wilson-Foley said in an emailed announcement.

Wilson-Foley seemed to give a nod to Tea Party sentiments in her announcement.

“For way too long, elected officials from both parties have put their needs and those of special interests ahead of all of us. The sad reality is that in doing so, they have ignored the constitution, trampled on the common sense fiscal policies that helped shape our country and created a mindset of ‘government knows best.’ I am ready to go to Washington to restore the common sense fiscal policies that have made us the greatest nation,” she said.

The decision of U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, D-5th District, to run for U.S. Senate next year creates a tempting target: an open race for a seat that has been held by both parties in the past decade. Murphy unseated Republican Nancy Johnson in 2006.

Wilson-Foley and her husband, Brian Foley, are entrepreneurs. Her holdings include the Blue Fox Run golf course in Avon. Her husband owns Apple Rehab, a healthcare company.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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