Connecticut Republicans Continue to Eat their Own

Despite the fact that there are some notable pundits calling the Connecticut gubernatorial race a “toss-up” or labeling Gov. Dannel Malloy “vulnerable,” state Republicans still can’t seem to get out of their own way. It seems to be Foley v. McKinney, v. Boughton (maybe), v. Visconti; and Somers v. men, v. Walker, v. Bacchiochi; Herbst v. Inspector Clouseau. At a time when the consensus is they have a fighting chance this year, the state GOP is not only not on the same page, they’re in different libraries.

The latest news that candidate for lieutenant governor Heather Bond Somers thinks gender bias is running rampant in her own party and indeed in state government appears to be an excuse for her going back on her word and dumping Danbury Mark Boughton as a running mate. It may be a smart and shrewd political move to 86 Boughton but it also smacks of putting ambition over keeping one’s word. If Somers is willing to toss Boughton overboard for her own advancement, what would she do in office?

Interestingly, the Somers-Boughton problem isn’t even the nastiest dust-up in the Republican quest for the lieutenant governor’s office. Remember, just prior to the party convention, eventually endorsed candidate Penny Bacchiochi leveled the charge that rival David Walker was racist (Bacchiochi’s husband is African American). P-Bac apologized and apparently all was forgiven.

Boughton is taking heat for his dalliances with disgraced former Gov. John Rowland and former congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley, a terrific twosome now caught up in Rowland’s once-per-decade corruption case. Rowland and Wilson-Foley were party players at the time. Boughton’s connection with them is tenuous at best and has no bearing on what kind of governor he’d be.

To add further comic relief to the Republican dance, it seems that candidate for state treasurer Bob Eick may have pulled a Jim Rockford on nominee Tim Herbst. Hearts newspapers reports that Eick hired a P.I. to tail Herbst. Eick denies it. It seems a stretch that Eick would dole out cash to shadow Herbst but it makes for a great story.

 

The candidate who seems to be playing it right is 2010 candidate for governor Tom Foley. He’s doing so by simply remaining quiet and on the sidelines. So far, when he speaks, he gets in trouble (see ethics charges against Malloy that Foley couldn’t back up). I am dying to see a Foley-John McKinney-Boughton debate. If nothing else, it will be entertaining.