Boughton drops out of governor’s race, endorses Foley

According to a release issued Wednesday by his campaign committee, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said he is suspending his campaign for the Republican nomination for governor of Connecticut.

“It’s been my honor to seek Connecticut’s highest statewide office,” said Mr. Boughton in the release. “However, I now believe it is time to suspend my candidacy and call for party unity behind the endorsed Republican candidate, Tom Foley.”

Since January, Mr. Boughton raised more than $175,000, and received nearly 22% of the vote at the Republican convention in May.
“I entered this campaign because Connecticut is headed in the wrong direction and I believe a positive, reform-minded Republican can challenge Dan Malloy and win in November 2014,” said Mr. Boughton. “I now believe all Republicans should unite behind the endorsed candidates, Tom Foley and Penny Bacchiochi.”
Mr. Boughton said he will close out his campaign committee, Team Boughton, in the coming weeks and release the committee’s staff to pursue other endeavors. This is a further boost to Mr. Foley, a Greenwich resident, who is seeking a rematch with Gov. Dannell Malloy in November after narrowly losing to him in 2010. Polls have the race a dead heat with some even showing Mr. Foley with a lead against Mr. Malloy. Mr. Foley is considered a heavy favorite for the Republican nomination. He received the party’s endorsement at its April convention and is believed to be far ahead of State Sen. John McKinney in a possible primary showdown in August.

A popular mayor of Danbury known for his colorful Twitter account where he was already back joking with supporters on Wednesday. However his gubernatorial campaign never caught fire and he has had repeated trouble keeping a prospective running mate and the funding that comes with that. Mr. Boughton’s exit from the race comes on a day that he was supposed to debate Mr. McKinney. Mr. Foley had not been expected to show for the event.

“My wife Phyllis and I are honored by the dedication and the hard work of thousands of elected officials, donors, and volunteers from across the state,” Mr. Boughton said in the release.

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