Just when you thought the Republican gubernatorial primary might be a snooze, a controversial candidate enters the field. Martha Dean, a two-time candidate for attorney general, gets in the race. The announcement appeared on Dean’s Facebook page and was trumpeted on the pro-gun group Connecticut Citizens Defense League’s website. Dean seems ready to battle it out with frontrunner and 2010 nominee Tom Foley, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and state Senate Majority Leader John McKinney.
To say Dean is controversial is an understatement. In an incredible radio interview with former Gov. John Rowland on WTIC-AM back in January 2013 (shortly after the anniversary of the Sandy Hook murders), Dean tried in vain to defend the posting of a Newtown shooting “Truther” on her website. Roland took her down hard. Fellow Republicans were outraged. Hear the remarkable interview here.
Dean is decidedly pro-gun and will likely try to make that a major issue in the campaign. In 2002, she lost to then-Attorney General Richard Blumenthal in the general election. In 2010 she beat Ross Garber in the GOP primary before losing to Democrat and now-AG George Jepsen.
In the 2010 campaign, Dean’s husband Malcolm McGouth was arrested for breach of peace after a dispute over Dean lawn signs.
Here is Dean’s announcement:
Martha Dean Enters Governor’s Race
AVON – Martha Dean has just announced she has entered the Connecticut Governor’s race. Dean is an attorney who was the Republican nominee for Attorney General of Connecticut in both 2002 and 2010. In 2010, Dean won 44% 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.
Attorney Dean will be holding a press conference concerning her platform and to answer questions from the media on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at time and location to be announced.
This message is paid for by Martha Dean for Governor – Nathan Schindler, Treasurer. Approved by Martha Dean.