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So much for "People Over Politics"

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Time: 10:39 PM

Typical Boughton...

Ten years ago, then pro-immigrant Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton proposed building a shelter for day laborers who gathered at Kennedy Park...and needless to say that mayor's plan sent anti-immigrant nativists in the city into an uproar.

Sensing that he was on the wrong side of the issue among his base, Boughton pulled a flip-flop and morphed into the dishonest anti-immigrant mayor who we all know and love.

Ten years later, just as the case with John Rowland, I'm not one bit surprised over Boughton's showing his true colors by once again pandering to the fringe element of his base for political points. As a bonus, Boughton is showing another element of his true self that hasn't changed in the last ten years...by embracing censorship and childish intimidation in order to silence his critics and protect his brand.

Via Mayors Against Illegal Guns:

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is running for Governor, and he’d rather cozy up to the Washington gun lobby than honor his promise to keep Connecticut families safe. That’s why he announced on Facebook that he’s leaving the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition.

Boughton’s slogan is “people over politics” -- but when people across Connecticut posted reactions on his Facebook wall, his campaign deleted almost all of the comments from people who support common sense gun laws, including his own constituents.

Boughton’s campaign is trying to silence the voices of Connecticut families, and it’s time to take action so he can’t just delete what you have to say.

Can you write a letter to the editor of a Connecticut paper saying why you feel betrayed by Mayor Boughton? Click here to use our tool and get talking points to easily send letters to the editor online.

What didn’t Mayor Boughton’s campaign want Connecticut to see? Heartfelt, honest messages from people across the state like these:

“I just found out that you pulled out of the gun sense group. I don’t trust any politician who aligns himself with the gun lobby. Shame. You’ve betrayed your neighbor, Newtown.”

Facebook comment

“You certainly don’t have my support or the support of my newly-minted American citizen husband - mom & dad of a Sandy Hook survivor and friend of slain principal Dawn Hochsprung.”

There are dozens more, but Boughton silenced them all. We need to take action so he can't just delete you from a debate that has life and death consequences and let the gun lobby do the talking for him.

Click here to write a letter to the editor of a Connecticut newspaper and express your disappointment in his decision to stop working to prevent gun violence.

We can no longer tolerate candidates for office who won’t do all they can to prevent gun violence. Mayor Mark Boughton made it clear that he stands with the gun lobby. It’s time for us to remind Connecticut of his position.

Thanks for standing with us,

Mark Glaze

Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Mark Boughton...putting "Politics over People" since 2004!

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On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.

The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.

Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.

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