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Boughton Looks to 2018 Gov. Race; Harp Thinking About a Run

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Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is hoping the third time is a charm. He’s exploring a run for governor, after a failed run in 2014 and a brief flirtation with a run in 2010. Boughton was our guest this Sunday on Face the State and he talked at length about the process he must go through before deciding whether to go for it again.

Boughton also talked about Governor Malloy, who has not yet decided whether to run for a third term. A former teacher, Boughton gave a “D- or an F” grade for Malloy’s six years as governor.

“He has let the business climate deteriorate to the point people are fleeing Connecticut….it’s tragic.”

We asked Boughton why he thinks he is a better choice than some other Republicans who can run, and he citied his executive experience, suggesting those who don’t have it, will find it difficult to make that transition to an executive job. One of those potential candidates could be MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough of “Morning Joe.” “Joe Scarborough is a wonderful man….but it is easy to sit in a chair and pontificate about what’s happening.

Watch the interview with Mayor Boughton here: http://www.wfsb.com/clip/12953817/race-for-governor-is-already-underway

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New Haven Mayor Toni Harp was also on the program Sunday and she too was asked about running for governor. The Democrat said she’s been encouraged to run, so she’s thinking about, but stressed she supports the current governor.

“There are a number of people who have said why don’t you run for governor. Things have gone well in New Haven.

She also detailed what’s been going on in New Haven since she took over in 2013 including the departure of controversial police chief Dean Esserman and how New Haven’s status as a sanctuary city will be impacted when Donald Trump is sworn in as president.

Watch Mayor Harp’s interview here: http://www.wfsb.com/clip/12953823/new-haven-mayor-is-up-for-re-election

 

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