Wealthy Republican signs up to face Himes

Easton First Selectman Tom Herrmann has entered the race against Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.).

Herrmann joins a race that already features state Sen. Dan Debicella, who was recently added to the NRCC's Young Guns program. But Herrmann brings personal money to the race, and that's a key selling point for a candidate in a lower-tier target like Himes's district.

The district was held by Republicans for decades, but it went for President Obama 60-40 in 2008.

Herrmann is a managing director of a private equity firm based in Wilton, Conn.

Debicella currently leads a field that also includes former state Sen. Rob Russo.