Jan 8, 2014
09:32 AM
Connecticut Politics

Mark Boughton: I'm a 'Blue Collar Republican'

Mark Boughton: I'm a 'Blue Collar Republican'

Jennifer Swift

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton announces he is running for governor.

Mark Boughton says a great turnout in fundraising and feedback that his “blue collar Republican” personality appeals to people throughout Connecticut led his decision to become a candidate for governor.

Boughton, Danbury's longest-serving mayor, would not disclose those fundraising details at a news conference Wednesday, but said he had already raised more funds while exploring a run than he did the entire election cycle in 2010 when he first ran. He plans to qualify for the state’s public campaign finance grant.

Boughton said the “status quo” in the state isn’t working for the state’s residents.

“Over the coming months and weeks of the campaign I’ll let Dan Malloy know that it’s time for us to change,” Boughton said.

Citing unemployment numbers, Boughton said Danbury has recovered from the recession quicker than any other area in the state. The rhetoric from Hartford doesn’t match what he sees everyday talking to people, he said. 

“At the end of the day, it’s really about performance and the folks out there aren’t feeling it, and that’s the problem that we have right now, as much as the governor says things are better, they’re getting better, when you talk to the experience that people feel on main street it’s not getting better it’s getting worse," he said. 

Boughton first formed his exploratory committee in August. He now joins Senate Minority Leader John McKinney of Fairfield and Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti on the list of officially declared Republican candidates. Malloy has not yet made an announcement.

Boughton had harsh words for Democrats who he said at “frothing at the mouth” and are clearly nervous with the amount of time they have dedicated to press releases attacking Boughton.

Democratic Party spokesperson James Hallinan said Democrats are not nervous, but plan to expose the differences between Democrat and Republican candidates throughout the election.

Mark Boughton: I'm a 'Blue Collar Republican'

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