Aug 13, 2013
02:47 PMConnecticut Politics
Danbury Mayor Boughton to Announce Bid for Governor Wednesday?
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Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is announcing his plans Wednesday morning for the 2014 election cycle, and—if you go by the online reports and social media rippling out after the notice of tomorrow’s event arrived in email inboxes Tuesday afternoon—Boughton will prove the pundits right by joining the race for governor.
The Connecticut Mirror says, “Boughton expected to formally declare for governor Wednesday,” and the reading of the tea leaves by the Hartford Courant’s Capitol Watch blog finds a sure sign that the mayor’s plans are gubernatorial.
“… while his advisory does overtly not state his plans, it does provide a hint: Boughton is being advised by veteran GOP political hand Jim Conroy. In 2010, Conroy ran Michael Fedele’s gubernatorial campaign. He also worked for former 2nd District Congressman Rob Simmons,” the post says in part.
A source close to the mayor, who was the 2010 Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, wouldn’t confirm a run for governor but offered two things that will be said Wednesday: Boughton is running again for mayor, and he is not running in the 5th Congressional District (where announced candidates to challenge U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Cheshire) include Litchfield real estate developer Mark Greenberg and Sal Lilienthal of Kent).
If the tea leaves hold true, Boughton, who has been Danbury's mayor since 2001, would be simultaneously running for mayor and governor—at least for a few months, as the Danbury election is this coming November. Simultaneous runs are not unprecedented. In a different situation, former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman was a candidate for vice president at the same time he was seeking re-election to the Senate in 2000.
Boughton will be speaking with members of the press at 10:30 Wednesday at Danbury High School.
His aspirations to be Connecticut's governor are no secret. He sought the GOP nomination to run in 2010 before abandoning the plan in favor of running on Fedele's ticket for lieutenant governor. On his Mark Boughton for Connecticut Facebook page, Boughton announced a "Change in plans" on May 18, 2010: "Yesterday, I announced that I abandoned my quest for the office of governor. I have been asked to join the campaign of Lt. Gov. Mike Fedele as a candidate for Lt. Gov-- and I have accepted. Making this decision was difficult. So many of you worked so hard to help us try and earn the nomination."
In the Republican primary in 2010, Fedele and Oz Griebel, president and CEO of the MetroHartford Alliance, were defeated by Tom Foley, the Greenwich businessman and former U.S. Ambassdor to Ireland, who lost the election to Dannel Malloy, the Stamford Democrat and incumbent governor who is expected to seek a second term.
Whether or not he'll square off against Boughton is a question that won't become clearer until tomorrow: