In 2009, while running for re-election, Mark Boughton was asked by the media and Democratic mayoral candidate Gary Goncalves if he has considering a run for statewide office, the mayor was always very coy in his denial in wanting to run for governor.
Although several sources in the know stated that Boughton had his sights on running for governor back in November, and even faced with the overwhelming evidence that he decided to run for governor as early as mid-January, Boughton continued to mislead the public regarding his intentions.
Fast forward to 2011, with the announcement that Chris Murphy plans to run for senate, given Boughton's past, and the current weak list of Republican rumored to run for the 5th Congressional district seat, why should anyone believe that Boughton's statement to the Register Citizen:
Other Republicans who were rumored to be interested in the 5th district seat include mayors Mark Boughton of Danbury and Ryan Bingham of Torrington.
“You never say never,” Boughton said on Thursday. “Right now I am focused on reelection in Danbury. You always have to think about it, but right now I am focused on Danbury.”
Pleaze! If Boughton had to punch in when he entered his office at City Hall during his campaign for governor, I'm certain that one would see that he logged in less than 30 hours a week!
After everything he said about not running for governor when he ran for mayor, if you believe the notion that Boughton is not running for higher office again then shame on you. Although it's REAL early, I can almost guarantee you that Boughton WILL run for Congress. As the case in 2009, he won't make his intentions known until after November as he doesn't want to hurt his chances at re-election this year.
Boughton for Congress? Count on it!