Sen. Boucher Gives up Governor Bid, to Run for Re-election

State Sen. Toni Boucher, a Republican, announced Tuesday that she was ending her (never official) campaign for governor.

State Sen. Toni Boucher  represents Wilton, Bethel, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. She is seeking her fourth term in the state Senate.
State Sen. Toni Boucher represents Wilton, Bethel, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. She is seeking her fourth term in the state Senate.
The following news release was emailed by state Sen. Toni Boucher's approved but unofficial, "exploratory" campaign organization at 2:02 a.m. Tuesday:

State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26), who has been exploring a run for governor, announced today that she is running for re-election to the State Senate and will therefore not become a candidate for governor.
“Exploring a run for governor has been an extraordinary journey,” said Boucher. “I have been deeply moved by the outpouring of support from across my district and the state.

"I am struck by how many people feel that this administration's policies have made Connecticut a place too expensive to live, run a business, or retire. They are clearly angry that high costs are forcing them and Connecticut jobs to move to other states.
“From the start, I committed to putting my best effort into raising the funds and enlisting the delegate support necessary for a successful candidacy, and to making a decision early enough to ensure that my constituents in the 26th State Senate district would be well served.

"While we have made considerable progress toward our fundraising goals, it is unlikely that we will be able to reach them in the time that remains. These past several months have also made it clear that there is substantial work that must be accomplished in the State Senate to address the serious economic problems plaguing Connecticut.

"Therefore, I have decided not to pursue the race for governor, and instead to continue my work in the State Senate to make Connecticut once again a place where people and businesses have every opportunity to succeed.
“This year I will be focusing not only on my own re-election campaign, but also on helping other Republicans to be elected to statewide office and to the General Assembly,” Boucher continued.

“Our party’s candidates for governor are excellent, and I look forward to lending my active support to our Republican nominee. Because there are twice as many Democrats as Republicans in Connecticut, our gubernatorial candidate must be able to win more than just Republican votes.

"As a party, we must unite behind our gubernatorial candidate, as well as the Republican candidates for the General Assembly.
“Many dedicated volunteers have lent their impressive professional experience and stature to my exploratory committee, and this all-volunteer team made enormous strides in a very short period of time,” Boucher continued.

“I am deeply grateful to them for all their time, energy, and wise counsel. I also want to thank the many donors – Republican, Democrat, and unaffiliated – from across the state who have supported my efforts.

"I will be working hard during the coming months to make sure that I can continue to serve as their advocate in the State Senate.
“Our state is in serious trouble, and its future is at stake,” Boucher said. “My commitment to fighting for that future remains unwavering, because Connecticut is a state worth fighting for.”

Tyrone March 12, 2014 at 12:33 PM
Right On brother Renzo. Can't a dude drive around with a loaded lead spitter at 1:30 am, playing a lil tail-gate game, without the Law comin down on him? .. NORWALK -- A Bridgeport man became one of the first persons in the state charged with a misdemeanor under Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's sweeping new gun laws. Norwalk Police wrote a summons for Tyrone Watson, 30, of Bridgeport, on Sunday for possession of a large capacity magazine on or after Jan. 1, 2014, that was obtained prior to April 5, 2013. His court date is Jan. 17. An officer stopped Watson's vehicle on Water Street at 1:25 a.m. Sunday, because the officer felt that Watson was tailgating him, police said. The officer let Watson's car pass, then pulled him over, police said.
Ken P. Jr March 12, 2014 at 02:32 PM
We really NEED to rid our general assembly of all these democrats discussed as Republicans. She admits as much when she says that Republicans are outnumbered so we need to attract votes from across the aisle. If you are willing to sacrifice your values or compromise them into meaninglessness in order to get a vote then don't run. I didn't register as a Republican to support spineless people willing to thro the Republican voters under the bus so they can attract Democrat votes. Just go away.
rebel patriot March 12, 2014 at 03:51 PM
Boucher is off her rocker. There is no need to reach across the aisle. Most democrat gun owners will be voting republican this time.
Sean March 16, 2014 at 10:19 AM
The real issue with 1160 is as follows: 1. There was no report issued on Sandy Hook when this bill was voted into law. How can any legislator say they were responsible when they did not have this. 2. The legislators did not read and digest it. It was passed out and voted on that day by one chamber, I believe the Senate. The House voted the next day. The entire public hearing process was skipped. There was not sufficient discussion nor research on this. It was just rammed through. Putting aside Constitutional issues, just these two points show this was a bad process and thus a bad law.
Thomas Paine March 19, 2014 at 07:15 AM
Sean - Boucher was never a gun-owner-friendly person as evidenced by her Patch editorial letter in the immediate aftermath of the massacre calling for a magazine limit ("large capacity clips") law. I spoke with her not too long after that and it was clear that she not only did not know much about firearms but knew so little as to have not possibly written that editorial herself. Her vote on SB1160 was driven by her most vocal constituents as well as pressure from Caffero and McKinney who wanted a "bipartisan" outcome on that abomination of a bill.


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