Danbury mayor drops out of governor’s race

Former Republican candidate for governor Mark Boughton speaks to the media at the Connecticut Republican Convention, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Former Republican candidate for governor Mark Boughton speaks to the media at the Connecticut Republican Convention, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — And then there were two.

One of the three Republicans seeking the nomination to run for governor dropped out of the race Wednesday.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton announced this afternoon that he is suspending his campaign.

Boughton tells News 8 he just didn’t see any way he could raise enough money to get to the amount required for the matching public funds by July 10. So, he is pulling the plug on his campaign.

The longtime mayor of Danbury easily qualified for the August primary with 22 percent of the delegates at the party convention last month. But his running mate, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, appears to be falling short of the number of signatures needed to qualify.

Together, they had to raise $250,000 in small donations in order to qualify for more than a million dollars in public funds for the primary and Boughton says it’s just not in the cards — and you can’t wage an effective primary without that cash.

Boughton is now calling for party unity behind the convention endorsed candidate, Greenwich businessman Tom Foley, who got 57 percent of the convention delegates last month to win the nomination. He has already qualified for the public financing.

State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney of Fairfield also qualified for the primary with 17 percent of the convention delegates.

McKinney issued a statement a short time ago saying he welcomes a two-person race for the nomination and that this will provide Republican voters with a clear choice on the issues.

The primary is slated for Tuesday, Aug. 12.

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