by Jennifer Swift
Aug 14, 2013
08:07 AM
Connecticut Politics

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton Forms Exploratory Committee for Gubernatorial Run

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton Forms Exploratory Committee for Gubernatorial Run

New Haven Regsiter file photo

When Danbury mayor Mark Boughton announced he wasn’t challenging U.S. Rep Elizabeth Esty for her seat in Connecticut’s district, the rumor mill began to swirl that the ambitious Republican would make another run for governor.
 
Boughton, known for his dominance in Danbury politics and his penchant for tweeting about everything from school closings to episodes of the Waking Dead, confirmed the speculation Wednesday morning in a news conference at Danbury High Schools: He has formed an exploratory committee aimed at a run against Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy.
 
Boughton is also running for re-election as mayor, meaning if he gets the GOP nomination, he’ll be on the ballot for two offices. It’s a scenario often frowned upon but not unheard of: Joe Lieberman ran for re-election to his Senate seat in 2000 while also running for vice president. U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan did the same last year while serving as Mitt Romney’s running mate.
 
Boughton is the second prominent Republican to file paperwork. He joins state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney of Fairfield among Republicans to have taken at least a formal step toward running. Greenwich businessman Tom Foley, the GOP nominee in 2010, is also mulling a run, but hasn’t yet filed paperwork.
 
Connecticut Magazine
’s Doug Clement (@DouglasPClement) was at Boughton’s news conference and will have an expanded post with some reaction and analysis shortly.

 

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton Forms Exploratory Committee for Gubernatorial Run

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