by Jennifer Swift
Jan 8, 2014
07:13 PM
Connecticut Politics

Boughton: Democrats are 'Frothing at the Mouth'

Boughton: Democrats are 'Frothing at the Mouth'

Peter Hvizdak/New Haven Register

Republican candidate for governor Mayor Mark Boughton takes questions from the press.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton had just wrapped up his morning news conference announcing his candidacy for governor, when a Democratic spokesperson entered the room, offering reporters on-the-record comments about Boughton’s announcement.

Reporters had just asked Boughton what he made of the criticisms the state Democratic Party had lodged at him. Democrats have hit hard at Boughton and other Republican candidates, constantly issuing news releases and statements criticizing the candidates.

They’ve gone so far as to photoshop candidates into cartoon-like graphics — their latest one depicting Republican candidates as cold-hearted individiuals opposed to raising the minimum wage.

They’ve picked specifically on Boughton as well, circulating a portrait of Marie Antoinette as his new headshot after Boughton joked on Twitter responding to students who said their classroom at school had no heat. Democrats said Boughton’s response was the equivalent of the  “Let them eat cake!” remark often attributed to Antoinette. Following that,  two people dressed in chicken costumes stood outside Danbury City Hall  with signs chastising the mayor.

“They are like frothing at the mouth,” Boughton said Wednesday. “They are losing their minds. I think they need to just chill out. Let’s let Republicans pick who the Republican nominee ought to be.”

Boughton said the actions of the party are all coming from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who has not yet announced if he’s running for re-election.

“That’s his shop, that’s his spin machine,” Boughton said.

Boughton told reporters Democrats must be nervous.

Minutes later, Democratic Party spokesman James Hallinan dropped by the room, inviting reporters to get his comments about Boughton’s candidacy.

Hallinan, standing feet away from the conference room Boughton used, said Democrats are not nervous, but plan to expose the differences between Democratic and Republican candidates throughout the election. 

As in the past, Hallinan criticized Boughton’s viewpoints on things like the minimum wage and paid sick leave. Boughton said Wednesday that he would support a minimum wage hike at the right time, and when the economy is in better shape. He said now is not the time.

“What we’re doing is making sure we’re highlighting the contrast between Gov. Malloy who’s working hard….we’re contrasting that with people like Mayor Mark Boughton, Tom Foley, Sen. McKinney who come out against working families and are quick to criticize,” Hallinan said. 

This isn't the firs time Boughton has said the opposition party is weak. When Boughton announced he was forming an exploratory committee for governor in August, he told reporters Democrats are "scared" of his potential candidacy. 

 

Boughton: Democrats are 'Frothing at the Mouth'

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