Written by Dan DiBlasio.
Republican state Sen. Toni Boucher returned to her roots in Naugatuck Tuesday to announce that she is exploring a possible run to be Connecticut’s next governor.
Citing what she called a dire economic climate, Boucher said she could no longer stand by while the policies of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration drag the state to the bottom of almost every economic ranking.
“Connecticut has become unaffordable,” she said, during a press conference on the Borough’s Green. “Every day people tell me they are looking to move. They fear they no longer have a future here. We must stop the bleeding. I am determined to stay and fight for Connecticut’s future.”
Boucher, who currently resides in Wilton, has represented the 26th Senatorial District since 2009. The district includes the Fairfield County towns of Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport and Wilton. Boucher had previously served in the Connecticut House of Representatives for 12 years representing the 143rd District.
Boucher said the state desperately needs proven leaders.
“We must raise the standard of government in Connecticut,” she said. “This means not spending more than taxpayers can afford and not borrowing more than the state can ever pay back. It means telling the truth instead of saying one thing and doing another.”
Boucher applauded the work done by her potential GOP gubernatorial challengers, saying she aims to draw a contrast between herself and Governor Malloy, not her possible challengers.
While he has not yet publicly announced a run, it's widely believed that the main contender on the Republican side is Tom Foley, a Greenwich multi-millionaire who ran and lost in 2010 against Malloy.
Boucher said of her possible challengers for the GOP nomination, “They’re an outstanding group of leaders, any of whom could do a much better job running this state than the current administration."
Over the next few months Boucher plans to raise funds and assess her support within the Republican Party in order to advance beyond the exploratory stage.
Boucher serves as a Deputy Minority Leader and is the Senate Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee, Education Committee and its Higher Education Committee, according to her website.