Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is using the nearly $4,000 he raised through his political action committee to support Republican candidates for House and Senate with a one-minute YouTube video.
When photos of Boughton shooting the video last week were released by one of his close political advisers there was speculation the Danbury mayor would be announcing his 2018 gubernatorial bid.
Instead, the video asks viewers to vote for Republican House and Senate candidates on Nov. 8.
Boughton said Monday that he’s considering another run for governor in 2018, but his focus at the moment is on getting more Republicans elected to the General Assembly.
Republicans are in the minority in both chambers. Democrats hold an 87-64 majority over Republicans in the House and a 21-15 majority over them in the Senate.
Boughton said he’s hoping to raise enough money to get the ad on television during the last week of the election cycle. In the meantime, he will be using his social media skills to get it distributed online.
In the ad, Boughton proclaims his love for Connecticut and asks viewers if they “remember what Connecticut used to be? A place with low taxes, a place where our children went to quality schools, and a place where businesses were allowed to grow and flourish.”
He said Connecticut can get back there if they elect Republicans in November.
“While we can’t control what happens at the national level we can control what happens here in our state,” Boughton said in the ad.
Asked about his view of his party’s Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump. Boughton said he’s not voting for Hillary Clinton.
“The national political scene will take care of itself,” Boughton said.
Boughton said it would help his ability to governor if the Republican party was able to pick up seats in the House and the Senate.
A former state representative when Republicans held the governor’s office and Democrats controlled the General Assembly, Boughton said it created an environment where there was a greater need for compromise.
“At the end of the day we need compromise to move the state of Connecticut forward,” Boughton said.
In 2014, Boughton suspended his campaign after figuring out he would be unable to raise the money he needed to receive the public grant after losing his lieutenant governor candidate. In 2010, he stepped down to become Republican Tom Foley’s running mate.