State House Minority Leader Larry Cafero is on his heels (or worse). Senate Minority Leader John McKinney is on his toes (but still part of the legislature). 2010 nominee Tom Foley seems a bit clueless about legislation in general. So who is the big political leader in the fallout from the recent Hartford follies? Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton—just by not being there.
Republicans Cafero, McKinney, Foley and Boughton are all considered contenders for the chance to take on Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy next year. The first three have fumbled the ball while Boughton remains wildly popular in his city and is gaining name recognition across the state.
In the trial of Robert Braddock, finance director for the scandal-plagued congressional campaign of former House Speaker Chris Donovan, one self-proclaimed influential union insider claimed he dropped $5,000 into Cafero’s office fridge like a pound of cube steak. Cafero of course, denied it. But the very fact that he had to deny it and explain what “really” happened irrevocably damages his gubernatorial chances—assuming he had any to begin with. It also led to a nasty hit piece in the Hartford Courant by a fellow Republican. Lights out, Larry. You’re toast.