Nice try Rennie but you only scratched the surface...
For the rest of the state, this must be comical but for someone who has followed the antics of Danbury's most dishonest mayor for a number of years, it's just another day in the life of following a person who has a hard time telling the truth.
Seems like Mark Boughton went into his too-common meltdown mode over someone exposing his hypocrisy...a hypocrisy that residents in Danbury are used to seeing on a daily basis.
Here's what Boughton had to say about the most recent criticism from the New Haven Register regarding his connection to Lisa Wilson-Foley.
A recent editorial (“Mark Boughton’s hypocrisy on John Rowland, guns”, April 11, 2014) made assertions about my candidacy for Governor that are contradicted by publicly-available facts.Typical Boughton...attempting to mislead the public might work in Danbury where the local media has been asleep at the wheel for years but it won't fly where media outlets refuse to drink his Kool-Aid.
As a candidate participating in the state’s clean elections program, the maximum contribution allowed to my campaign committee, Team Boughton, is $100. No one, not even wealthy individuals like Brian and Lisa Wilson-Foley or John Rowland, are eligible to contribute more than $100. The finance report filed on Thursday last week shows none of them donated to the committee.
In his rant against the New Haven Register, Boughton attempts to cry foul claiming that Wilson-Foley never gave a contribution to his campaign...which is not only false but NOT WHAT THE PAPER CLAIMED.
Here's what the NH Register CORRECTLY STATED.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton has chosen "People Over Politics" as the slogan for his 2014 campaign for Connecticut governor, but on two critical issues, he's not living up to that promise.Before we go into details, lets backtrack...
On Thursday, former Gov. John Rowland was indicted on charges that he conspired with failed 2012 congressional candidate Republican Lisa Wilson-Foley and her husband to break federal campaign finance laws. Prosecutors claim he attempted to do the same with congressional candidate Mark Greenberg, but was rebuffed.
We reported all of the key details of both the Wilson-Foley and Greenberg schemes two years ago, before the Republican state nominating convention in the 2012 race. Instead of condemning Rowland and Wilson-Foley, Mark Boughton tried to bail out her campaign, endorsing her prior to the convention and swinging Danbury's significant bloc of delegates to her.
"I don't really see it having the impact that the pundits think it's going to have," was all Boughton could muster when he asked him about it at the time. "Rowland is popular in the 5th District. I don't know about the rest of the state, but in the 5th District, he remains popular."
Hartford Courant columnist and DailyRuctions.com blogger Kevin Rennie wondered at the time what really was at play with the endorsement, considering the Rowland taint on her candidacy and Boughton's past disdain for Wilson-Foley, whom he narrowly defeated in a 2010 Republican primary for lieutenant governor.
Our guess is that Boughton got in bed with Wilson-Foley and her husband Brian for the same reason that Rowland did - because they're millionaires with a significant ability to raise money for his future gubernatorial campaign.
In the summer of 2010, Boughton and Wilson-Foley were in a primary battle for the LT. Gov ticket and the mayor had a hissy-fit as Wilson-Foley littered the city of Danbury with her lawn signs. Needless to say that Boughton had nothing good to say about Wilson-Foley but as everyone in Danbury knows, the way to Boughton's heart is by filling his pocket with campaign contributions...and Wilson-Foley did exactly that in a BIG WAY.
Upon reading Boughton's laughable letter to the editor to the New Haven Register, he would have readers and supporters believe that Wilson-Foley never gave a penny to his campaign for governor...which is true but (in typical Boughton fashion) highly misleading as well as a boldface lie.
What Boughton didn't inform the readership is that Wilson-Foley gave to his gubernatorial exploratory campaign as well as pull every trick in the book to give Danbury's mayor as much cash possible for his mayoral campaign in 2011. Given the bitterness between the two just a year prior, and Boughton's history of being involved in questionable fundraising tactics, it would be fair to assume that Wilsonm-Foleys the contributions were in exchange for the mayor's endorsement (which happened FOUR days before the Republican convention) and the lion share of Danbury's delegate support in 2012.
On July 7th 2011, Lisa Wilson-Foley (a.k.a. Boughton's nemesis), gave the mayor a the maximum amount of cash you can give to a mayoral campaign contribution in a reporting period...1,000 dollars.
Oh, it gets better...
During the same reporting period, Brian Foley (Lisa Wilson-Foley's husband) also threw the maximum campaign contribution amount to Boughton's cause.
Later in 2012, Boughton "suddenly" became Wilson-Foley's biggest cheerleader and handed the congressional candidate the lion share of delegates from Danbury to her cause, although news of Wilson-Foley's disturbing connection to Rowland was already well known among politicos in the state and among the delegates at the Republican Convention.
...and remember, this happened before the maximum contributions Wilson-Foley and his ilk gave to Boughton's gubernatorial exploratory committee which was reported by Kevin Rennie.
Boughton's dishonesty comes as no surprise to me since I know a thing or two when it comes to Danbury's dishonest mayor's past questionable actions when it comes to shaking the money tree.
Here's a complete copy of Boughton's campaign Oct 10 2011 finance report...I wouldn't be shocked if I'd find more contributions to Boughton from people connected to Wilson-Foley in other reports during 2011...