With today’s announcement that Praxair will remain based in Connecticut after their merger with Linde, Democrats are thankful that Danbury mayor and perennial gubernatorial candidate Mark Boughton put his opposition to economic incentives aside to support Governor Malloy’s 2014 economic deal to keep the company headquartered in his hometown.
That, of course, stands in stark contrast to Boughton’s recent opposition to Governor Malloy’s deal to keep Sikorsky headquartered in Connecticut.
And Boughton’s response to today’s Praxair announcement?
Boughton’s on-again, off-again affair with state incentives raises real questions about the economic development strategy he would employ as governor. So far, in Trumpian style, it’s been nothing but platitudes and inconsistency.
“This is yet another reminder of Mark Boughton’s hypocrisy. On the eve of the 2014 election, Mayor Boughton was all too happy to stand with Governor Malloy when it benefited him politically. Now that he’s running for governor, he’s backed himself into a corner, refusing to answer whether he would continue to invest in Connecticut companies and Connecticut jobs or sit back and allow other states to poach jobs. If he wants to be taken seriously as a candidate, he needs to give answers beyond 140-character deflections.” – Connecticut Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Mandell