Lamont to name GOP’s Mark Boughton because the state’s taxman

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Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, a former Republican candidate for governor, is to be named the brand new commissioner of the branch of income capabilities.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton vowed to cut the earnings tax as a Republican candidate for governor in 2018. Now, he is about to get the job of amassing it on behalf of the Democrat who received that yr.

Gov. Ned Lamont intends to move the aisle and identify Boughton, a 3-time Republican candidate for governor, because the commissioner of the branch of salary services Friday, an administration source said Thursday nighttime.

Boughton, fifty six, is the longest-serving mayor of Danbury, elected in 2001 to the first of 10 two-12 months terms. He changed into the convention-counseled candidate for governor in 2018, simplest to conclude 2nd within the crowded GOP basic to Bob Stefanowski, who promised to dispose of the salary tax if elected.

Boughton will succeed John Biello, a profession worker who has been the appearing commissioner for the reason that Scott Jackson resigned a 12 months ago to become the manager administrative officer of recent Haven beneath the metropolis’s new mayor, Justin Elicker.

Boughton is a reasonable Republican and neatly-viewed executive who has labored constructively with Lamont and the governor’s Democratic predecessor, Dannel P. Malloy, albeit backyard of crusade seasons.

Playful on social media, he engaged HBO character John Oliver in a quick and humorous feud after Oliver delivered a rant about Danbury, a community he reputedly picked at random. Boughton jokingly named a sewage plant after Oliver.

The funny story grew to become a truth after Oliver made a charitable contribution.

Lamont’s option of Boughton was first reported by means of Kevin Rennie in his blog.

Boughton had a snake-bitten background in looking for the office now occupied via Lamont. He become a Republican candidate for governor in 2010 and 2014, now not lasting until the GOP gubernatorial primary in both cycle.

In 2010, he ended up because the birthday party’s nominee for lieutenant governor. Boughton give up the gubernatorial race in 2014 after qualifying for a prime however failing to carry the cash integral to qualify for public financing. 

In 2018, he gained the convention endorsement, a triumph after his two old frustrations. He prevailed despite undergoing gentle surgery in 2017 for the elimination of a benign brain tumor and struggling a seizure at a crowded crusade event in March 2018.

Boughton staged an striking press conference featuring a graphic and detailed presentation from his physicians, who attested to his fitness to continue campaigning. They attributed the seizure to dehydration and a failure to take a prescribed anti-seizure drug after a protracted day of campaigning.

however he accomplished second to Stefanowski in a 5-manner primary. Stefanowski, who already has made preliminary strikes to run once again in 2022, beat him, 29.43% to 21.33%.

Boughton could not be reached for remark Thursday.

Ryan Caron King :: Connecticut Public Radio

Mark Boughton givies his acceptance speech.