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Gun-rights Advocate Martha Dean Enters Governor\’s Race As Boucher Drops Out

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Gov. Dannel Malloy, Martha Dean, Quinnipiac University Poll, Tom Foley, Toni Boucher Date:




In a surprise to many political insiders, conservative Republican Martha Dean said Tuesday that she is running for governor.

The word initially trickled out from the pro-gun Connecticut Citizens Defense League, which released it on the group\’s blog. Dean said later that she is scheduled to officially unveil her campaign next Tuesday, March 18, at a time and place that will be announced in the coming days.

The entrance of Dean would shake up the race, bringing a strong gun supporter into a potential Republican primary as the party goes up against Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. But Dean\’s entrance would be very late, particularly in fundraising, where she would need 2,500 contributors at $100 each to qualify for the public financing matching funds for gubernatorial candidates. Numerous political operatives say that raising that type of money – particularly with just two months before the convention – is much more difficult than it appears.

Malloy has not yet officially announced that he is running, but both Republicans and Democrats fully expect him to be nominated at the party\’s convention on Friday, May 16 in Hartford.

In the latest Quinnipiac University poll, Greenwich business executive Tom Foley leads in a potential Republican primary with 36 percent, while Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is in second place at 11 percent. Senate Republican leader John McKinney of Fairfield and former West Hartford town council member Joe Visconti both trail at 3 percent.

State Sen. Toni Boucher, who dropped out of the race Tuesday before the news about Dean, was in last place among Republicans in the poll at 2 percent. Boucher, who is running for reelection for her Senate seat in Fairfield County, cited the difficulty in fundraising in her dropping-out announcement Tuesday.

Dean declined to comment to Capitol Watch, saying that she will not be making any statements about her gubernatorial platform until her official announcement next week. She said she has turned down a television interview and will not be speaking to reporters in detail during the next week.

Longtime Democratic political operative Matthew J. Hennessy said that Dean will have an impact on the race with a strong chance of pulling Republicans to the right on gun control.

\”She\’s not going to win the Republican primary, but she may drag the conversation to places that are not going to help the Republicans in the general election,\’\’ Hennessy said.

Republicans, he said, would rather avoid controversial issues in a potentially divisive primary.

\”They quickly want to move beyond the gun issue,\’\’ Hennessy said. \”They don\’t want to be bogged down in that discussion. This will be a discussion at every debate where she is allowed to participate.\’\’

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Sen. Toni Boucher Not Running For Governor

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Faced with lagging poll numbers, state Sen. Toni Boucher announced Tuesday that she is no longer running for governor.

A longtime legislator who has served in both the state House and Senate, Boucher had been exploring a bid for the Republican nomination to run against Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. But Boucher had kept her options open by creating an exploratory committee for an unspecified statewide office, which would have included lieutenant governor.

Instead, she now says she will run for reelection to her state Senate seat, representing her hometown of Wilton and other surrounding communities.

Polls have shown Boucher far behind the Republican frontrunner, Tom Foley of Greenwich. In the latest Quinnipiac University poll, Foley was tied with Malloy at 42 percent. That sets up a possible rematch in the fall that could mirror the 2010 race, in which Malloy won in the closest gubernatorial election in Connecticut in more than 50 years.

Foley is running for the Republican nomination against Senate Republican leader John McKinney of Fairfield, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, former West Hartford town council member Joe Visconti, and Shelton mayor Mark Lauretti. In the latest poll, Foley had 36 percent among Republicans and Boughton was in second place at 11 percent. Lauretti had 6 percent, while McKinney and Visconti were tied at 3 percent. Boucher trailed in last place at 2 percent.

\”Exploring a run for governor has been an extraordinary journey,\’\’ Boucher said in a statement.

She added, \”While we have made considerable progress toward our fundraising goals, it is unlikely that we will be able to reach them in the time that remains.\’\’

The votes in the governor\’s race at the state Republican convention are set for Saturday, May 17. Any candidate who gets the votes of 15 percent of the delegates can force a primary in August, but state GOP chairman Jerry Labriola has pledged to try to avoid a divisive primary. Continue reading

Tom Foley, MLK\’s Niece To Speak At Yale

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Gov. Dannel Malloy, Toni Boucher Date:

Greenwich Republican Tom Foley and civil rights activist R. Alveda King will be speaking Saturday morning at Yale University in New Haven.

King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, is coming to town at the invitation of the Connecticut Black Republicans and Conservatives. After her speech at Yale, she will keynote the \”Women of Fire\’\’ awards dinner on Saturday night at Anthony\’s Ocean View restaurant, which overlooks Morris Cove in New Haven. One of the honorees at the dinner will be Patricia Longo, a longtime Wilton resident who serves on the Republican National Committee.

The Yale event Saturday is known as “Conversation on Civil Rights… Then and Now.”

Dr. King is a former college professor, author, legislator, and conservative who won the Cardinal John O’Connor Pro-Life Hall of Fame Award and also the Civil Rights Award from the Congress of Racial Equality. Continue reading

McKinney Wants 10 GOP Debates

by Categorized: Joe Visconti, John McKinney, Mark Boughton, Mark Lauretti, Tom Foley, Toni Boucher Date:

State Sen. John McKinney, a Republican running for governor, is calling for 10 debates between now and the state party convention in May.

\”Connecticut Republicans deserve the opportunity to ask questions and hear first-hand from the candidates they will choose between for the Republican nomination,\’\’ McKinney said in a press release. \”The nomination should not be decided by 30-second television ads, three sentence sound bites, and glossy oversized mail pieces. Rather, candidates need to state specifically where they stand on the important issues of the day. This election is too important.\”

McKinney is calling for “a series of issue-oriented debates…to highlight the strengths of the candidates on our side of the aisle [and] also put the Republican message on a more level playing field with a governor who is leveraging, if not exploiting, all the powers of incumbency to campaign for reelection across the state.”

McKinney, who is the Republican leader in the state Senate, is one of at least five candidates seeking the GOP nomination. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, former West Hartford council member Joe Visconti, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti and former ambassador Tom Foley have all announced they are running. Also considering a run is state Sen. Toni Boucher of Wilton is also weighing a run.

Minutes after McKinney\’s announcement, Boughton tweeted his response to McKinney\’s challenge:

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GOP Candidates Debate: Big Divide On Guns

by Categorized: 2014 Election, John McKinney, Mark Boughton, Republicans, Tom Foley, Toni Boucher Date:

The money quote from last night\’s GOP debate comes from Joe Visconti, who, with these comments, showed why he will struggle to attract mainstream support:

Visconti said if he had been at Sandy Hook Elementary School, \”the outcome would have been much different.\”

And then:

Later in the debate he said he would not give more money to the state police until they stopped \”confiscating guns.\”

Read Jenny Wilson\’s full account.


Republicans, Democrats Decry Metro-North Lack of Service

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Gov. Dannel Malloy, Jim Himes, John McKinney, Toni Boucher Date:

Both Republicans and Democrats are questioning whether Metro-North can run a railroad.

\"metroAfter yet more delays in a series of problems in Connecticut and New York for the troubled commuter railroad, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes of Greenwich says it has gone too far. The latest problem was Thursday night when commuters suffered huge delays for hours.

\”Metro North\’s string of accidents and delays is simply unacceptable,\’\’ Himes said Friday. \”From the recent dangerous crashes and derailments to yesterday\’s infuriating delays – and especially the lack of information given to passengers stranded on trains between stations for hours – Metro North needs to reassess its priorities and operations.\’\’

He added, \”Yesterday\’s electrical problems are also a clear demonstration of the cost of not investing in our transportation infrastructure, but money is not the only issue. This is no way to run a railroad.\’\’ Continue reading

Race For Lt. Governor Attracts New Interest

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Penny Bacchiochi, Toni Boucher Date:

\"pennyConnecticut\’s lieutenant governor, a six-figure understudy for the top elected job in the state, is drawing fresh interest from state Republicans.

State Rep. Penny Bacciochi has been working hard, raising $71,000 that puts her just shy of qualifying for public financing.

\"BoucherState Sen. Toni Boucher, who appears to be running for governor but may be considering lieutenant governor, has raised $66,659.

Now, David Walker, the former \”No Labels\” advocate who recently joined the Republican party, said over the weekend that he is considering a run for the job. He is the former head of U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Malloy Says Further Mental Health Improvements Will Be Sought In 2014

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Tuesday that Connecticut has long been a leader in mental health and will look for further improvements next year following the release of the 44-page summary report on Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza.

\”We have addressed mental health, interestingly enough, every year since I\’ve been here, as we have, for instance, bullying, which gives rise to later-stage mental health problems as well,\’\’ Malloy said at the state Capitol in Hartford. \”I think there\’s going to be plenty of work to be done in the future.\’\’

When asked for his views that the weapons that Lanza used were legally purchased guns, Malloy responded, \”These were foolishly purchased guns by his mother. And the poor woman was murdered herself, using those guns. If anybody pauses at any time in the state of Connecticut, it should be around the issue of : A) do you really want to have guns in your house? B) particularly if you have someone who is suffering from mental illness or defect, which she apparently acknowledged on many occasions in her discussions with other people, and yet, still had the intention of buying yet another gun for Christmas.\’\’

He added, \”By the way, if that had been a straw purchase, if that had been effected, it would have been an illegal purchase.\’\’ Continue reading

Republicans Charge Gov. Malloy Is \”Cooking The Books\’\’ to Project Lower Deficits Following 2014 Election Year

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Fairfield County, Federal budget, General Assembly, Gov. Dannel Malloy, Hartford, Tom Foley, Toni Boucher, Toni Harp Date:

House Republican leader Larry Cafero is charging that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is \”cooking the books\’\’ by projecting a lower state budget deficit heading into the 2014 gubernatorial election.

Cafero criticized an accounting change by the governor\’s budget office, which he said \”artificially slashed $500 million of the expected budget deficit\’\’ for the first fiscal year after the November 2014 election.

As a result, the legislature\’s nonpartisan fiscal office is projecting a deficit of $1.1 billion for the 2016 fiscal year, while the Malloy administration says the deficit will be about $515 million.

\”Cooking the books to get beyond the next gubernatorial election is not going to solve the problem,\’\’ Cafero said. \”Connecticut continues to head down the wrong fiscal path. The next governor, whoever that is, will be once again facing fiscal chaos, despite assurances made by Governor Malloy.\’\’

Cafero added, \”The fiscal policies have been failures, from the so-called shared sacrifices, the SEBAC union deal that saved no money, massive borrowing and the largest tax increases in state history.\’\’

But Malloy\’s budget director, Ben Barnes, says that the projected deficits in the \”out years\’\’ are lower than some projections have been in the past.

Regarding Republican criticisms, Barnes said, \”This is a well-worn page in their cynical propaganda manual.  The reality is that the budget is in balance today, with a strong surplus projected for the end of the year.  It will be balanced next year, with no new taxes.\’\’

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