The Republican mayor of Danbury, Ct., on Wednesday quit Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, saying the billionaire former New York City mayor “overwhelms the entire group,” reports said.
Mark Boughton, who’s also running in a crowded field of GOP candidates in the Connecticut gubernatorial race, told the Connecticut Mirror that the focus has changed from illegal gun trafficking to broader gun controls.
“It’s really become about Bloomberg instead of going after illegal guns,” he said. “Mike Bloomberg overwhelms the entire group. I think its mission has been lost.”
Boughton conceded that his link to the group – Bloomberg has shelled out millions to candidates who support gun control – has riled gun owners.
“The general public sees them as one and the same,” Boughton said.
In a statement posted on his campaign website, Boughton played up his support of gun rights, the Mirror reported.
“As a member of the Connecticut General Assembly, I was a strong supporter of the rights of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen in Connecticut,” he said. “This remains my position today.”