Toni Boucher of Wilton is forming an exploratory committee for governor (Published Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013)
Republican state senator Toni Boucher is considering jumping into the governor's race.
Boucher, who represents the 26th Senatorial District, announced on Tuesday that she is forming an exploratory committee for governor.
"I think it's a great way to test the waters before spending a lot of financial resources to see if you can gain that kind of support," Boucher said.
Other Republicans considering running for governor includes Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, who also formed an exploratory committee.
State senate Republican leader John McKinney has announced plans and Tom Foley has yet to state what he plans to do.
In a primary, Foley tops the field with 36 percent, McKinney with 11 and Boughton with 8. Boucher was not polled.
Boucher is already facing some criticism. A gun rights group blasted the senator for her support of the state's new gun law.
"Very simply, gun owner have had it with these lawmakers," Scott Wilson, president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, said.
Boucher defended her vote.
"First of all, I never run away from a vote and in this particular situation I was really representing the constituents of my towns," she said.
Malloy has not yet said whether is will run for re-election.
Published at 12:59 PM EDT on Aug 27, 2013