by Jennifer Swift
Mar 11, 2014
08:27 AMConnecticut Politics
Governor's Race: Martha Dean is In, Toni Boucher is Out
Martha Dean, a former candidate for Attorney General criticized last year for posting a video alleging the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax, is running for governor she confirmed over text message Tuesday.
As of Tuesday morning, the state did not appear to have received Dean's paperwork filing for governor.
News of Dean's running first appeared on the Connecticut Citizen's Defense League's blog. Read the post here.
Dean has been an attorney representing the CCDL in their suit against the state for the gun control laws passed by the legislature and signed into law last year.
The announcement posted by the CCDL says Dean will hold a press conference about her candidacy on March 18.
"Dean is an attorney who was the Republican nominee for Attorney General of Connecticut in both 2002 and 2010. In 2010, Dean won 44 percent of the vote in the race for Attorney General. She is in private practice in Avon, Connecticut. Dean’s campaign for Governor is focused on placing Connecticut on strong economic footing while ensuring that citizens’ are protected from government policies that infringe on their most fundamental rights," the press release said.
Internet records show a domain purchasing company purchased Deanforgovernor.com two days ago, though it was unknown if that was Dean's actual campaign website. The website is not currently up and running.
A press release posted to Dean's facebook page says the notice was funded by "Martha Dean for Governor."
Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. said he had not yet had a chance to speak to Dean about her candidacy and campaign and was hesitant to comment until they could "discuss her plans."
"With only two months until our state convention, Martha will be joining an impressive field of quality candidates. I'm sure she will add a new voice to the debate," Labriola said.
Labriola declined to comment on Dean's posting of the video last year.
Dean's announcement came the same morning as the announcement from State Sen. Toni Boucher that she was going to run to keep her senate seat, and bow out of the race for governor. Boucher had formed an exploratory committee for statewide office.
Boucher, facing a Tea Party challenger for her senate seat and dismal polling numbers, said in a statement it was unlikely she could reach her fundraising goals for governor.
“Our party’s candidates for governor are excellent, and I look forward to lending my active support to our Republican nominee. Because there are twice as many Democrats as Republicans in Connecticut, our gubernatorial candidate must be able to win more than just Republican votes. As a party, we must unite behind our gubernatorial candidate, as well as the Republican candidates for the General Assembly," she said in a statement.
Labriola said he spoke with Boucher on her decision last night.
"I congratulated her on her effort. She's committed to helping us capture the Connecticut State Senate, and to bring unity to our party," he said.
*This post originally stated that Malcolm McGough has been assisting Republican candidate for governor Joe Visconti in his campaign and identified McGough as Dean's husband. However, Dean confirmed and court records show the two have been divorced since December. Visconti could not be reached for comment.Governor's Race: Martha Dean is In, Toni Boucher is Out