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.

Thomas Paine February 18, 2014 at 10:34 AM
Porter, all of the comments you quote are SINCE the passage of SB1160, not prior. My comment above was that I have NEVER been a 1-issue voter prior to this, a period covering over 25 years of voting. My entire point Porter, in your never-ending effort to refute my comments, is that the impact of POST-Newtown legislation has made me a 1-issue voter. Do you have some proof to the contrary Porter? Can you find a single utterance where I say I was a voting purely on gun rights issues prior to the 2012 elections? Once again Porter, you ignore my point about SB1160 turning a significant number of gun owners into single issue voters AFTER the legislative results of 2013. Is that all you have Porter, my post-April passage of the new law utterances confirming what I said above?
Thomas Paine February 18, 2014 at 10:41 AM
Porter - You are really working Google today, slow day in your world? How about you post the entirety of my June post which made the point then about what we are witnessing today?That is, anti-gun positions in CT were not helping any politician in the polls. As for what I typed about voting for Malloy, I am in the process and reconsidering that and would have to withhold my vote from either Malloy, McKinney or other supporter of SB1160. In another close election, I would not want my "protest vote" for Malloy to nullify someone else's vote for the GOP candidate. Note Porter, I am changing my mind on something after further deliberation, something you accuse me incapable of. http://wilton.patch.com/groups/thomas-paines-blog/p/quinnipiac-poll-antigun-positions-not-so-helpful-for-politicians_17dd50d1
Porter gladstone February 18, 2014 at 10:44 AM
"Gladstone, I have NEVER been a 1-issue voter in my life." what does that mean? I said you were a one issue voter. you are actually the one who 'refuted" my comment. Are you ok??
Porter gladstone February 18, 2014 at 10:51 AM
Huh? "Gladstone, I have NEVER been a 1-issue voter in my life and I challenge your assertion otherwise." So I google where you claim to be a 1 issue voter--and then you tell me that I am working google too hard. As per usual, why do you challenge me and then mock my attempts to meet your challenge? You said in the past "find me just 1 statement." I do and then you say "ha --only 1 statement' By the way--off topic but im waiting for the list of asian ADR's that trade in london that required you to be up at 4am so that you could trade real time . Thats a challenge to you. and youre welcome to use google. and barking or getting angry in your way of reacting to be challenged wont really meet the challenge.
Porter gladstone February 18, 2014 at 10:52 AM
thanks mike. at least I know that what im reading is what youre reading.
Fred February 18, 2014 at 10:55 AM
I was unfamiliar with Thomas Paine before I first started reading/commenting on this thread, but he seems like a terrific guy. So far as I'm aware, he doesn't ascribe views to people he doesn't know, based upon no evidence whatsoever.
Porter gladstone February 18, 2014 at 11:08 AM
Fred says yesterday "I will never vote for either McKinney or Boucher for any office under any circumstances whatsoever -- both are unsuitable for public office, ever, in my opinion. Assuming that either prevails in the gubernatorial primary, I will vote for their Democrat opponent instead. " thom Paine says I will vote FOR Malloy rather than support either McKinney or Cafero for Governor. To be clear, I will not abstain, I will vote against either of these Republicans from prevailing to the state's top po Funny--that fred now calls thom a terrific guy. sock puppets are awesome.
Porter gladstone February 18, 2014 at 11:23 AM
fred--you are welcome to depart from the other gun guys here. but from what i can see your platform varies not one iota. see 1108 comments. if you vary from the prototypical far right/far left voter bravo. I dont see much evidence to the contrary other than your pseudo outrage over being tyepcast. to answer just one question about work ethic-- " I work very hard" and save some of my disposable income" is nice. But what is 'working hard"? Is it being paid a lot of money and then blog at 11 in the morning? The notion of working hard is awesome when focusing on yourself. What about the guys shoveling? Or working at mcdonalds for 8.75 an hour? They are not working hard? Maybe not hypocritical-but certainly delusional to say , as thomas paine does that he works really hard --blogs 7 hours a day and berates those minimum wage workers as lazy ---(they made 60 bucks while working much harder in my eyes than the guy who types about guns 7 hours a day.) So perhaps hypocrisy is the wrong term--but incapable of understanding reality may be more apropos?
Bethel Observer February 18, 2014 at 11:25 AM
What an exciting thread this is! I'm leaning towards Visconti, but it's still early.
Fred February 18, 2014 at 11:40 AM
@Porter 1. "you are welcome to depart from the other gun guys here. but from what i can see your platform varies not one iota. see 1108 comments. if you vary from the prototypical far right/far left voter bravo. I dont see much evidence to the contrary other than your pseudo outrage over being tyepcast." Guilt by association. 2. " But what is 'working hard'?" If you are unfamiliar with the concept of hard work, you are welcome to come to my workplace and we will be please to introduce you to it. 3. Some people who are paid a lot of money and then blog at 11 in the morning work hard, others don't. Some people who shovel or work at McDonalds for 8.75 an hour work hard, others don't. The type of work performed is unrelated to the effort expended. I have never berated minimum wage workers as lazy.
kathy johnson February 18, 2014 at 11:40 AM
Thomas Paine, I am a registeted Democrat and have been all of my adult life except for a few months as an Independent. I agree with your first post and those who feel that it does not matter who is elected. I also have come to favor term limits. I urge you not to be pressured by others. I am so sick of those voters who live only in a Democratic or Republican world. I am 66 years old and a former first selectman and 12 years chair of the Dems. There was a good feeling of freedom when I was a registered Independant. I will be voting for the person from now not the party fully understandig that all our legislators are all cut from the same cloth. The word Independant is starting to sound good to me again. Not at all surprised the Mayor Lorretti didn't debate.
Thomas Paine February 18, 2014 at 12:05 PM
Quinn/Troll - I am a 1-issue blogger and joined the Patch in early January 2013 at the invitation of then Patch manager Leslie Yager. It was my comments on the posts of others that led to me BEING ASKED to blog here, knowing full well what my views were. I have never suggested that I was here for anything else than to help educate those who knew little about firearms in the state (only about 20% of CT adults own a firearm) as well as to dispel the misinformation being spouted, intentionally or unintentionally, by the screaming voice for greater gun control. I have helped educate, provide historical perspective and have even offered alternative legislation should those in Hartford be interested in effective measures to reduce gun crime and rampage killings and not just make ideological points. Here's one of those posts which actually made it into an amendment offered up on SB1160 (and defeated by the Dems) - Fred, you might find this one interesting as well: http://wilton.patch.com/groups/thomas-paines-blog/p/bp--connecticut-must-be-a-thought-leader-on-gun-contr04f97fc20a
Thomas Paine February 18, 2014 at 12:05 PM
Here's another piece designed to educate Quinn: http://wilton.patch.com/groups/thomas-paines-blog/p/bp--mass-shooting-weapons-are-not-typically-black-rife9121ede32
Fred February 18, 2014 at 12:05 PM
"Thomas - of course you are not a 1 issue voter, anyone can see that, by ALL the other issues you post on here at the Newtown community website." Because he may be a 1-issue poster doesn't make him a 1-issue voter. "The LAST THING that normal folks want for CT, is to become a gun goon, laughing stock State like Florida!" Florida is a very fast-growing State, while CT is losing population. Apparently a lot of people, including some from CT are anxious normal folks want for CT, is to live in a gun goon, laughing stock State like Florida.
Porter gladstone February 18, 2014 at 12:39 PM
thom--are you kidding? "Gladstone, I have NEVER been a 1-issue voter in my life and I challenge your assertion otherwise." So in your life, I should translate to mean until at which time I changed into a 1 issue voter. And per usual, instead of acknowledging your mistake, you turn it on me --questioning my sanity. One other thing-----you are applauding someone constantly being deleted--yet when its a gun guy who gets deleted you are appalled at the censorship--even going so far as to write indirectly the head of aol.
Porter gladstone February 18, 2014 at 12:40 PM
Fred --thomas just said he became a one issue voter.
JayCee Mitchell February 18, 2014 at 12:41 PM
Porter: Did you see this from Thomas Paine, posted above? -- Porter, let's try this ONE MORE time. To REPEAT, I was NOT a 1-issue voter in the 2012 election cycle nor in any prior election cycle. THAT is what I said above. What I have said since April 2013 is that I have become a 1-issue voter post the passage of SB1160. Thus, the first state and federal election where I can cast a vote post-SB1160 (i.e. 1-issue vote) is this coming November. Hence, it is totally accurate to say that I have NEVER been a 1-issue voter in any past election (you need an opportunity to actually vote) since there has not been an applicable election subsequent to my point of conversion.
Porter gladstone February 18, 2014 at 12:49 PM
Fred--you invited me to your workplace to see hard work. Im not busy now. Can you tell me your full name and place of work? I want to make sure you send me to your place and not just rattle off some b.s. Thanks man. I really love learning how people are real and not full of it.
Porter gladstone February 18, 2014 at 12:55 PM
Jaycee. Yeah i saw that. Lets go over the chronology. I said "The gun owners above, are the same guys who (correctly) criticize as extremists or out of touch, the Al Sharpton's of the world, who boil each and every election down to 1 and only 1 issue. Now, every person has the right to vote for their own set of beliefs. But th..." Thomas said "He has never in his life been a one issue voter." I proved otherwise. Then he said I was not a one issue voter before . Ok?? So why did he need to correct me when I said he was a one issue voter? He describes himself as one now. If he voted for reagan or mondale i dont care. He said in 2013 he is a one issue voter. I acknowledged that. he then said he challenged my assertion. I Porter Gladstone, have NEVER challenged anyone's right to own a gun.
Porter gladstone February 18, 2014 at 01:05 PM
Thoomas--no. I am no hypocrite. I just believe that the invitation is insincere. We shall see. In terms of patch management--deleting profiles--odd. I have gotten mine deleted 25 times. You got yours deleted and reinstated. Why are you so sure that its not other readers? Maybe you can explain how a i.p address is capable of signing up. Being read...it can exist at 3am 4am 8 am etc but only gets deleted after a period of time? You think they examine each and every i.p. address after a post that says " thom is off his rocker?" I thought you wanted to appear smart?
Porter gladstone February 18, 2014 at 01:07 PM
anyway tom---you can seek to point out my inconsistencies and i will address civilly. Ive asked you now 6 times for a list of asian stocks that trade as ADR's in london. Why not just admit ? Or list? ha I know youre reading as 8 minutes dont go by without you retorting where you feel CAPABLE of retorting. Strangely you leave my one question/challenge ignored? You think that wins or demonstrates you are full of it? Answer???
Porter gladstone February 18, 2014 at 01:15 PM
thomas--there is no spin. Why did you seek to correct my assertion that characterized you as a 1 issue voter by saying never in my life? If you want to explain later you meant that you changed--so be it. But if you dont understand that when someone says Ive NEVER been that way in my life , (while being that way-)----then ive overestimated your ability to understand the english language. certainly ive not tried to misrepresent your self-described decision to boil your views on politicians to 1 issue. No Spin dude.... at best you misspoke.
Paul Alexander February 18, 2014 at 01:51 PM
Thomas...just ignore Porter, or at least dont "feed" him so often. He thrives on jabbering on and on in some vain attempt to demosntrate he is some sort of elite CT snob. If he gets no bait, we dont suffer his snobericious pap.
Thomas Paine February 18, 2014 at 01:56 PM
Paul, I know, boy do I know. But I am feeling charitable today and Porter seems bored and grasping for some attention.
Thomas Paine February 18, 2014 at 02:40 PM
Paul - Here's an article to make you feel better about progress across the USA: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/02/17/growth-chart-of-right-to-carry/
Thomas Paine February 18, 2014 at 03:47 PM
Porter, if it is not clear, I have no intent of engaging you on those past issues upon which you dwell. You think me a liar or braggart or chicken-hawk or other charlatan which is your prerogative. My ego is sufficiently small to not have to "beat" you on any matter, especially about my activities off these pages. Please, consider my silence a victory if you like but no one cares about such things other than you and the Troll (which indeed makes strange bedfellows since I believe you detest that person more than who you think I may be.)
Thomas Paine February 18, 2014 at 04:31 PM
Uh, I have never been a fan of either Clinton and I would ask that you use your prodigious google skills to show me otherwise. I actually despise her.
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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