Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton says he is throwing his full support behind Republican candidate Tom Foley and suspending his run for Governor. The Mayor says he is grateful to Danbury residents for their support of him during his campaign for Governor. Boughton hopes to pursue more dreams for the city. He says the campaign was tough on his family and is disappointed for himself and his supporters and campaign workers. He hasn't ruled out future runs runs for higher office but can't offer any more than that right now.
Boughtons Press releases said he knows all Republicans should unite behind the endorsed candidates, Tom Foley and Penny Bacchiochi.
The Mayor garnered enough support at the recent Republican convention to wage a primary against Foley. But Boughton needed to pool his campaign funds with a running mate in order to qualify for public financing and it has become questionable in recent days whether that could happen.
Boughton's original running mate decided to run alone in the lieutenant governor primary. Boughton's second pick, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, needed to submit 8,190 signatures to petition his way onto the GOP primary ballot. But there was a strong possibility that not enough qualified signatures were submitted.
Senate Minority Leader John McKinney is also running for the GOP nomination in the August GOP Primary.