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Boughton To Primary

The Danbury News Times is reporting that Mayor Mark Boughton of Danbury is preparing to primary Republicans.

Boughton claims to have secured the votes of 15% of the nominating convention delegates, enough to force a primary. He discloses that his goal all along was to qualify for a gubernatorial primary.

The same paper reports that Dick Morris, once a pollster to President Bill Clinton and now a conservative columnist and author, finds nominating conventions abhorrent and needlessly expensive.

"Candidates spend a great deal of time and resources romancing party people who have no connection to the electorate," Morris said.

"It has nothing to do with your ability to win a primary or, for that matter, the general election. It diverts money needed to win an election, and that's a mistake."

Instead, Morris said, candidates should be able to pay a $5 fee to get on a primary ballot.

"Give anyone who wants to run access to the ballot and let them fight it out," he said.

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