DANBURY, Conn. — Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton kicked off his latest campaign for statewide office in his usual style, declaring Tuesday on Twitter: "'Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run... "
Boughton's message on Facebook was more somber.
"Today, after a great deal of reflection, I have filed the creation of an exploratory committee for statewide office in the 2018 election," the Facebook post said. "I can no longer sit idly by while our home loses thousands of jobs month after month. Each year we pay more in taxes, electric rates, utilities, and fees while getting less and less service. Our hospitals are cut, our schools are cut; where is all the money going? Join me today and let’s begin Connecticut’s Comeback!"
Boughton frequently uses to the slogan "People Over Politics," and is famous for Mayor Mark Twitter feed, posting everything from the play-by-play of the "Walking Dead" to funny snow day school cancellation notices, with many mentions of his beloved pup, Ellie, in between.
On Tuesday, he also Tweeted, "Time to turn CT around!: and "Proud and honored to file a Committee for State wide office for 2018. #CTComeback."
Boughton, a 52-year-old Republican, has been mayor of Danbury for a record eight terms. He has twice sought the Republican nomination for governor — in 2014 and 2010 — and was the lieutenant governor running mate when Tom Foley ran for governor in 2010.
Dannel Malloy, a Stamford Democrat who was elected in both those years, has not announced whether he will run for re-election.
An exploratory bid for governor requires him to raise $250,000 in small contributions to qualify for public campaign financing as he seeks the party nomination.
Boughton might start his fundraising efforts among his 28,300 Twitter followers.