Saturday, May 15, 2010

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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