Non-Greenwich-Millionaire Seeking GOP Nod

Danbury Mayor Calls Himself A 'Blue-Collar Republican'

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton announced Wednesday that he might seek the Republican nomination for governor if there is enough support … in other words, if he can raise the dough.

Boughton signaled his intention to test the waters by tweeting the Bruce Springsteen lyric: "Tramps like us … baby we were born to run."

Throughout his tenure as mayor, Boughton has become known for his use of Twitter. In fact, he made Business Insider's list of "15 Politicians Who Are Killing It On Twitter."

Boughton's tweeting style was on display earlier this summer as he watched local and state officials deal with a large bear that had climbed a tree in Danbury. Here is a sampling of his blow-by-blow account as the drama unfolded.

"We have a very large bear stuck in a tree behind the Bishop Curtis Homes – seriously"

"Please 'bear' with us as we work on the situation. Danbury Fire Dept. is on scene."

"Here's our boy. About 250lbs."

"Free the bear. Free the bear."

"Another shot from Danbeary. Our bear."

"Tranquilizer gun has now arrived. We're in a standoff of biblical proportions. Bear versus DEEP"

"DEEP is loading up tranquilizer gun. It's on like donkey kong."

"We now have a stand off. Bear versus DEEP"

"Shots fired. Shots fired."

"Trouble, he needs another shot of tranquilizer. Unbearable!"

"Bear with me folks. Waiting for the tranquilizer to work."

If Boughton ultimately decides to run he would probably face state Sen. John McKinney, who has already announced, and Greenwich businessman Tom Foley, who is expected to.

While Boughton lacks the statewide name recognition and money his opponents have, he does have things going for him they don't:

He is a NASCAR fan, a pickup truck driver, a guy who watches "Breaking Bad," and a man whose favorite TV show is "The Walking Dead," which means he understands the threat of zombies.

In terms of political labels, the former social studies teacher calls himself moderate, a "blue-collar Republican," and someone who will fight for the middle class.

A Republican candidate with a regular-guy persona who is not a millionaire from Greenwich could do well against Malloy in a general election. Of course, that's putting the cart before the GOP primary.

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