FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Wilton state Sen. Toni Boucher is endorsing Senate Minority Leader John McKinney of Fairfield in his run for governor.
“This is a critical election for Connecticut and for the Republican Party, and I believe John McKinney is the most qualified candidate to put both our state and our Party back on solid ground," said Boucher, the only Republican woman serving in the State Senate, in a statement.
Boucher is a ranking member of the General Assembly’s Transportation, Education and Higher Education committees. She represents New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport and Wilton in the Senate. McKinney represents Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport in the Senate.
McKinney welcomed the endorsement, according to the release.
“Our party and our state are fortunate to have Senator Boucher, and I am deeply grateful for her endorsement," he said. "Toni is everything a public servant is supposed to be – compassionate with her constituents, thoughtful in her deliberations, and outspoken in defense of what she believes is right for the people she represents. I have learned a great deal from Toni and I look forward to her continued participation in my campaign.”
Boucher praised McKinney for his economic policies.
“The economy is going to be an important issue in this election and no one has been more aggressive at taking the fight directly to Governor Malloy on fiscal issues than John McKinney," Boucher said in the release. "But, education, transportation and women’s issues also need our attention and, on these issues, which are a priority for me and my constituents, Sen. McKinney reflects the views of the vast majority of Connecticut Republicans better than any other candidate. He was a vocal leader on the transportation committee. He is working with teachers, administrators and parents to help right the wrongs of Governor Malloy’s failed attempt at education reform. And, as a father of two girls, he has fought for equal opportunities for women both in the legislature and through private involvement in community organizations."
Boucher is a member of the General Assembly’s Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee with more than 30 years of executive business experience, according to the release.
“John has been a trusted friend and devoted public servant for nearly two decades, and I have watched him grow into the exceptional leader he is today," she said. "John takes on the tough issues and he does it with more than rhetoric. He offers solutions and he fights for the best possible results for his constituencies. He will make a great governor."