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Friday, February 01, 2013

McKinney Goes Public With ‘14 Governor Run

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State Sen. John McKinney (R-28), whose redrawn district now includes a slice of Westport’s Greens Farms area, has gone public with plans for a run for governor next year. Image
State Sen. John McKinney (R-28), whose district now includes a sliver of Westport’s Greens Farms area, addresses the Westport Rotary Club last April. McKinney, who spent part of his youth growing up in Westport, is Senate minority leader. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

The Senate minority leader did it in an appearance on “Face the State with Dennis House,” set to air Sunday on WFSB-TV, Hartford.

McKinney became the second Republican to unofficially toss his hat in the ring for the 2014 contest.

On “Face the State” last month, 2010 GOP nominee Tom Foley announced he plans to seek a rematch with Malloy, who beat Foley by only 6,400 votes.

State Rep. Lawrence F. Cafero, Jr., (R-142), veteran Norwalk lawmaker and state House Republican leader, told The Hour of Norwalk this week that he is “very much” interested in running for governor next year

Also interested are former Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton. Fedele lost to Foley in the 2010 primary. Boughton was Foley’s running mate after he was Fedele’s.

During the taping, McKinney said he wants to run for governor to reverse Malloy’s policies.

“Governor Malloy has brought us nothing more than higher taxes and more spending…..the state is going in the wrong direction,” McKinney said.

The Fairfield native who spent part of his youth growing up in Westport, defended Malloy’s predecessor, Jodi Rell, and blamed the state’s financial crisis on Democrats, who have controlled the General Assembly for nearly two decades.

McKinney said Malloy was responsible for raising “sales, income, and property taxes.”

If McKinney follows through with his desire to run for governor, he said he would launch his candidacy in the spring.

He said his focus now is on the people of Newtown, which he also represents, and the legislative session.

McKinney and Foley cannot raise money for a campaign until they set up an exploratory committee.

Posted 02/01/13 at 03:54 AM


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