by Jennifer Swift
Jan 3, 2014
02:57 PMConnecticut Politics
Mark Boughton to Hold Rally Next Week, Won't Say if it's for Campaign Announcement
Mark Boughton is holding an event to thank supporters of his exploratory committee for governor next week. But though he said he’ll decide within two weeks if he’s officially getting in, he stayed mum about if he’d make that announcement at the rally.
When asked Friday if he would make an announcement at the rally, the Danbury mayor replied: “We’ve scheduled a supporter appreciation rally to thank everybody for their help with the exploratory campaign. That’s all I can tell you about that."
He also confirmed, as first reported by Heart’s Neil Vigdor, that he would be making an announcement “probably within the next two weeks.”
The invitation was addressed to friends and supporters — and also open to the public.
“This event is an opportunity for me to personally thank you for your generous support as I've explored a run for governor the past several months,” the announcement says.
This is Boughton's second attempt to secure the governor's mansion. A former state representative and high school teacher, Boughton ran for governor first in 2010. Prior to the Republican primary, Boughton dropped his bid to lieutenant governor. The primary put him on the ticket with Tom Foley, who has also formed an exploratory committee.
Boughton has already said he will not run for lieutenant governor.
Boughton has indicated he intends to qualify for the state's public campaign financing program if he enters the race. The program gives a candidate who raises $250,000 in qualifying contributions, $1.25 million for a primary race and $6 million for the general election.Mark Boughton to Hold Rally Next Week, Won't Say if it's for Campaign Announcement