Boughton brings in high-powered media team for guv run

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton appears to have learned a lesson from the last time he ran for the top office in the state.

Four years ago he went after the GOP nomination for governor, then reading the tea leaves — or maybe counting the delegates — instead aligned as the running mate of then-Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele, who wanted to add “governor” to this title. After the convention and a spirited primary for  lieutenant governor, Boughton ended up the running mate of Tom Foley — and they came close to winning in 2010.

So close that Boughton is going after the party nomination again, but this time bringing in more outside help — BIG help — and early.

This week his campaign — Team Boughton — announced FP1 Strategies of Alexandria, Va. is the media consultant for the “team.” Founding partners Danny Diaz and Jon Downs and Media Affairs vp Ryan Williams will advise the campaign.

According to a statement put out by the “team,” Politico named Downs as one the top 10 political operatives to watch. Diaz, former communications director of the Republican National Committee, was a senior adviser to Romney for President. Williams was deputy national press secretary for Romney’s presidential campaign.

Folks, these are not political lightweights coming up to Danbury and Connecticut! The race for governor is sure to be interesting this year.

Jacqueline Smith