Race for Governor: GOP Candidates Facing Off in Debate

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Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti has backed out of tonight's debate. An event organizer says Lauretti said he had a fundraiser to attend; whether the fundraiser was for his campaign of something else was not immediately known.

Lauretti has a Facebook page, Lauretti for Governor, where he's been announcing fundraisers. There is nothing on the event calendar for Feb. 16.

Our original report follows:

The public will get their first look at the GOP contenders for governor when five Republican candidates face off during a debate Sunday evening.

Hosted by the Brookfield Republican Town Committee, the Republican Gubernatorial Debate will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 16 at the Brookfield High School Auditorium.

Republican candidates participating are:

John McKinney — An eight-term state senator from Fairfield, he has been the state Senate Minority Leader since 2007. 

Toni Boucher
 — A 12-year representative of a Fairfield County Senatorial District, Boucher lives in Wilton and is from Naugatuck.

Joe Visconti — A former member of the West Hartford Town Council, Visconti ran unsuccessfully in 2008 against U.S. Rep. John Larson for the First Congressional District. 

Mark Boughton — The longest serving mayor in Danbury history, Boughton was Tom Foley's running mate in 2010. 

Mark Lauretti — Connecticut's longest serving mayor, currently in his 12th term in Shelton, this is Lauretti's first official run for higher office.

Tom Foley, a Greenwich businessman who is the former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, will not be participating in the debate due to a personal conflict, according to event organizers. 

Foley secured the GOP's endorsement in 2010, but lost to Malloy by a vote margin of less than one percent. Malloy has not announced whether he will seek re-election.

Each candidate will be given 2 minutes for an opening statement and, at the end, 2 and-a-half minutes for a closing statement.

There will be 15 questions — each candidate will have 3 questions directed to him/her. The candidate to whom the question is directed to will have 2 minutes for response. Opponents will have 1 minute for rebuttal. 

The debate panel will consist of the following members of the media:
  • WLAD Radio — Jillian Mauro 
  • New Haven Register/Torrington Register-Citizen/Middletown Press — Ben Doody 
  • The Patch Network — Gary Jeanfaivre
  • The News-Times (Hearst Connecticut Media) — Dirk Perrefort

The debate will be filmed for Community Vision 21 – local access in Newtown — and organizers said all Connecticut press outlets have been invited to cover it.

Fred February 18, 2014 at 06:08 PM
The posts seem to have slowed. I suppose that the night shift at McDonald's has begun.
Tmc February 18, 2014 at 07:22 PM
Porter gladstone February 18, 2014 at 08:44 PM
Wow--Fred...not only can you can you invite me to watch you work , but not provide any information, you can deduce that the night begins after 6pm? Wow--you are super smart. I'll wait for you to post at 7am to tell me that you think the morning or day shift may have begun. What were some of your other insights? Let me scroll up ( a gun guy deleted some of my comments, ) Fred says " Because he may be a 1-issue poster doesn't make him a 1-issue voter." Except he said a few times he is a 1 issue voter. Duh. Hey fred,,..if i need more obtuse comments, maybe I can still visit you?


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