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Boughton on Mattei’s No-Lobbyist Pledge: I’ll Sign, if You Pledge Not to Raise Taxes

April 26, 2017 By Staff
Boughton on Mattei’s No-Lobbyist Pledge: I’ll Sign, if You Pledge Not to Raise Taxes

Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury) issued a challenge to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Mattei: I'll sign your no-lobbyist pledge, if you pledge to not raise taxes and to cut burdensome regulations.

On Wednesday, Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury), who’s exploring a statewide run for office, issued a challenge to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Mattei: pledge not to raise taxes on Connecticut residents.

The mayor made his challenge, and others, in a letter addressed to Mattei on Wednesdsay. Mattei had called on his rivals “not take any contributions frokm lobbyists” during the 2018 campaign cycle on Monday.

Boughton told Reclaim Connecticut that a “real pledge … ought to speak to the things residents of Connecticut are suffering through right now.”

“Overtaxation, too many regulations,” Boughton said, ticking off a number of items residents are upset over.

Boughton noted that fighting corruption is important, but Mattei should work to “clean your own house up first,” in reference to the Democratic Party’s ethical challenges over the years.

In both his letter and his talk with Reclaim Connecticut, Boughton alluded to the Chris Donovan corruption scandal, and the Connecticut Democratic Party’s record payment to the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) over the alleged use of federally-marked funds for a state campaign.

“I think it’s a little disingenuous to lecture everyone else about clean elections and clean government when the Democrats have presided,” Boughton said, of “corruption-oriented behavior of the last six or seven years.”