Don’t Underestimate Boughton in Potential GOP Gubernatorial Primary

Boughton, running for Lt. Governor with Tom Foley, on election night in 2010. Photo: Chris Ware/CT


Political tongues have been wagging lately with the entry of state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney’s into the 2014 race for the Republican nomination for Governor; an interestingly harsh piece was written by former state Capitol reporter Greg Hladky, and there’s been a silly “No, you’re being coy” back and forth between 2014 GOP nominee Tom Foley and the man he lost to, Gov. Dannel Malloy. Sitting back and staying out of the fray is Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, who is the wildcard in all of this.


Some time ago I wrote on a Facebook thread (something I try to avoid) that Foley was the man to beat for the nomination. Boughton didn’t like it and responded with an “Oh, ok Pat. I guess getting votes doesn’t matter.” Since then, I still believe Foley is the man to beat but I have certainly been rethinking Boughton’s chances.


If he enters the race, he can do so as the candidate who has not been involved in the nonsense that has sometimes plagued the legislature (McKinney), he has no chance of being compared to Mitt Romney or (God forbid) Linda McMahon, and he doesn’t want to make Connecticut an east coast Wisconsin. Boughton can fly higher and position himself as a fresh face on the statewide political scene who can beat Malloy. Yes, he was Foley’s running mate in 2010, but that doesn’t exactly translate in the average voter’s mind. And I’m sure Boughton has a newfound dislike of his former political partner when Foley went on WFSB’s “Face the State” and said he could have beaten Malloy if he had a woman as his second.


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