Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is entering the 2014 Connecticut gubernatorial race by announcing Wednesday morning at Danbury High School that he is forming an exploratory committee according to reports. The move allows him to start raising money and forming a campaign staff.
Boughton will join state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney as official contenders for the Republican nomination. 2010 nominee Tom Foley is also expected to run. Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy is expected to seek reelection although he has repeatedly declined to say he will.
The dead giveaway that Boughton is getting in is the press advisory on the details of announcing “his plans for the 2014 election cycle.” It has the contact number of Jim Conroy. Conroy is a veteran Republican political operative who managed former Lt. Gov. Mike Fedele’s failed run for governor and worked for the failed US Senate campaign of former US Rep. Rob Simmons, both in 2010.
As The Shad has said before, don’t underestimate Boughton.
An interesting twist for Boughton is the timing of the announcement. He still faces reelection to a seventh term as mayor of Danbury this November. He may open himself up to criticism from his Democratic opponent—wait, I have to look him up—for looking past Danbury to a statewide race. However, with McKinney in, Boughton couldn’t realistically wait until after the municipal election. Foley has so much personal money he can wait until the day before the election to officially declare.
The elephants are at the starting gate.