Aug 27, 2013
11:02 AM
Connecticut Politics

State Sen. Toni Boucher Exploring Run for Governor

State Sen. Toni Boucher Exploring Run for Governor

Courtesy of Boucher for CT

State Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton.

Republicans have yet another candidate eyeing the governor’s mansion.

State Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton, rumored to be eyeing a run at lieutenant governor, surprised speculators Tuesday and announced she was aiming for the state’s top spot instead.

Boucher, who grew up in Naugatuck but now represents a group of towns in Fairfield County, announced in her home town that she was creating exploratory committee for governor.

“Connecticut’s future – our future – is at stake,” Boucher said in a news release, characterizing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration as irresponsible with taxpayer money.

“I love Connecticut, and I can’t stand by while the policies of the Malloy administration and the Democratically-controlled legislature drag it to the bottom of almost every economic ranking,” she said. “That’s why I am exploring the opportunity to run for governor.”

As deputy minority leader in the senate, Boucher is the GOP’s second in command to Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, who announced last month that he was running. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton announced earlier this month that he was forming an exploratory committee, and former ambassador Tom Foley — the GOP’s nominee in 2010 — is expected to enter the race.

Foley was noncommittal Tuesday when asked when he would decide whether to enter the race.

“The field is getting pretty crowded,” he said with a laugh. “I better hurry up while there’s still chairs in the room.”

Foley wasn’t critical of Boucher’s candidacy.

“She has a lot of legislative experience and she’s distinguished herself on a number of issues,” he said.

Neither McKinney nor Boughton could be immediately reached for comment.

Malloy has not formally announced that he is seeking re-election, though he is widely expected to do so.

Boucher has been climbing the political rungs for a while. She served on Wilton’s Board of Education and Board of Selectman, on the state’s Board of Education and then as a state representative. She’s been a state senator since 2008.

Boucher said the state needs to raise the standard of governing.

“We need proven leaders who know how to put the overall good of the state before special interests,” she said in a statement. “Raising the standard of government means governing with integrity, ethics, and principle, and with the best interests of the public as the top priority.”

Elizabeth Larkin, a spokeswoman for the state Democratic Party, released a statement denouncing the entire GOP field. “All four GOP candidates for governor are consistently against the middle class, and all four are on the wrong side of the issues Connecticut families care about like affordable healthcare, access to a good education, and funding job creation programs,” she said.  “Sen. Boucher is no exception when it comes to this anti-middle class mentality.”



State Sen. Toni Boucher Exploring Run for Governor

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