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Dean Enters Governor’s Race

by Christine Stuart | Mar 11, 2014 2:00pm
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Posted to: Election 2014, Avon

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Martha Dean

Martha Dean, an Avon lawyer and a darling of the Tea Party and the Second Amendment crowd, announced Tuesday on her Facebook page that she will run for governor.

The 2010 Republican nominee for Attorney General, Dean seems to be a perennial candidate for one of the constitutional offices, but this year is different. Dean wants to be at the top of the ticket.

Dean has attended the announcements of almost all of the other Republican candidates for governor. She will hold a formal press conference to announce her candidacy next Tuesday. Since she has not filed any paperwork and has not returned a call for comment, it’s uncertain if she will be seeking the Republican nomination for governor or run as an independent.

Earlier Tuesday, Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton, announced she was dropping out of the race for governor, leaving former Ireland Ambassador Tom Foley, Sen. Minority Leader John McKinney, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, and Joe Visconti of West Hartford.

Despite Dean’s late entry in the race, the news was appreciated by the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, which has been searching for a gubernatorial candidate that supports repealing the stricter gun laws passed in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting.

“Dean has been one of the lawyers working tirelessly on our lawsuit against Governor Dan Malloy and the state of Connecticut for their unconstitutional gun laws. But that wasn’t enough,” CCDL wrote on its blog. “Now Martha is going after Malloy’s job too!”

Visconti supports gun rights, but has shown no ability to raise the money necessary to qualify for public campaign financing.

The Second Amendment crowd had been searching for a candidate to support. McKinney voted in favor of the stricter guns laws, and Boughton is a member of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

In 2010, Dean received 480,310 votes in the race for attorney general. That was about 44 percent of the vote. Attorney General George Jepsen received 591,725 votes and a third party candidate received 29,759 votes or about 3 percent of the vote.

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posted by: DrHunterSThompson | March 11, 2014  5:00pm

DrHunterSThompson

Yahoo! A gift from the gods! Just when ya thought the stodgy blue bloods were gonna be a drag for months, here comes our savior!

Now that’s entertainment!

HST

posted by: Scott2014 | March 11, 2014  8:53pm

This is the same person that posted or allowed someone to post on Facebook that Sandy Hook didn’t happen. That doesn’t sound like someone I would want in a position of resonsibility

posted by: ConnVoter | March 11, 2014  10:37pm

Meanwhile, on Prospect Avenue, Dannel Malloy and Roy Occhiogrosso are sipping taxpayer-purchased wines and bourbons, silently thanking Martha Dean for yanking defeat from the Republicans’ jaws of victory.

Tom Foley has this election in the bag.  Martha’s quixotic mission can only mess that up, leading to Round II of the Malloy Administration, and a further degradation of gun owners’ legal rights.  Is THAT what she really wants? 

Give it up, Martha.  Keep your eye on the prize.

posted by: Chien DeBerger | March 12, 2014  8:28am

And the Palin treatment begins. Unfortunate that she has more bollocks than the male republican candidates who wanted to play nice with the democrats to get that “good” law. Yep, Dannel for another term.

posted by: Sarah Darer Littman | March 12, 2014  2:13pm

If by “Palin treatment” you mean calling out a candidate who is extremist and uses rhetoric that is not in keeping with the acceptable conduct standards of most Americans, then yes, she is getting the “Palin treatment.” However, if you’re saying that she’s being picked on because she’s a woman, then LOLOLOLOLOL.