Cross post from HatCityBLOG
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is expected to drop his campaign for governor on Monday to become Lieutenant Governor Michael Fedele’s running mate. With balloting for the Republican nomination for governor to take place on Saturday, May 22nd, the flagging Fedele campaign needs a boost to remain competitive with former Ambassador Tom Foley, the frontrunner in the race. Boughton could provide it.
The selection of Boughton, who has attracted the enthusiastic support of at least 15% of the delegates to the convention, ought to help Fedele avoid a humiliating result at the convention–if Boughton’s delegates move with him. Danbury has 28 delegates. There are 1462 delegates to the convention, which will take place in Hartford at the Connecticut Convention Center.
Boughton’s move shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who understands the extreme obstacles candidates face in qualifying for the state’s public finance program (hint: Dan Malloy is the only candidate that’s raised the 250,000 dollars in contributions of 100 dollars or less needed to qualify for the program…and he’s been campaigning for governor for well over a year).
Taking into consideration the amount of time it took Malloy to qualify for public financing, Boughton’s late entrance into the race, as well as his less than impressive first quarter campaign finance report, it’s no surprise that Mark decided to call it quits. Whether Boughton’s delegates will decide to shift to Fedele’s camp at this week’s convention remains to be seen…
UPDATE: Here’s WTNH’s report on the Fedele/Boughton press conference