Senate Minority Leader and Republican gubernatorial candidate John McKinney says he's officially teaming up with former U.S. Comptroller David Walker and the pair is pooling funds to qualify for public campaign financing.
McKinney and Walker said their joint campaign would file an application for public financing on Wednesday.
McKinney and Walker each received enough support at last month's Republican State Convention to participate in the GOP's Aug. 12 primary. McKinney is challenging the party's endorsed candidate for governor, Greenwich businessman Tom Foley. Walker is challenging the party's endorsed candidate for lieutenant governor, Penny Bacchiocchi. Groton Town Councilor Heather Somers, who opted not to run with Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and go solo on the pirmary ballot, is also a lieutenant governor candidate.
Boughton dropped out of the GOP gubernatorial race last week after it looked like his new running mate, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, would not garner enough qualified petition signatures to be on the ballot as a lietenant governor candidate. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill's office this week determined that Lauretti fell 1,467 signatures short of getting on the ballot. He and Boughton would have pooled their funding to qualify for public campaign financing.
State officials must determine whether McKinney and Walker raised the $250,000 in small contributions needed to receive approximately $1.25 million for the primary.