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Fairfield senator will run for governor

Republican State Rep. Brenda Kupchick looks on as Sen. John McKinney makes the case against a fuel tax increase during June. McKinney announced he was running for governor Tuesday. (John Kovach Photo)

Republican State Rep. Brenda Kupchick looks on as Sen. John McKinney makes the case against a fuel tax increase during June. McKinney announced he was running for governor Tuesday. (John Kovach Photo)

Republican State Sen. John McKinney (R-28th) today announced his candidacy to be the next governor of Connecticut.

“There is a better way to manage state government — one that doesn’t waste, or abuse taxpayer dollars; one that will restore economic prosperity and help reduce unemployment; and one that will protect our quality of life and ensure that our children have even better opportunities to succeed than the generation before them,” Mr. McKinney said in a press release.

Mr. McKinney, 48, lives in Fairfield with his three children, Matthew, Graysen and Kate.

“I love my state and I’ve always been proud to call Connecticut my home,” said Mr. McKinney. “I’m running for governor because I care about Connecticut’s history and its future. I want my children and the next generation to be just as proud to call Connecticut their home.”

Mr. McKinney (R-28th), an eight-term state senator from Fairfield and son of former 4th District Congressman Stewart B. McKinney, has been Connecticut’s Senate Minority Leader since 2007, and the highest-ranking Republican in state politics since Gov, M. Jodi Rell left office in 2011. His district includes Fairfield, Easton, Weston and Newtown.

In May, he was awarded the Connecticut Republican Party’s highest honor, the Prescott Bush Sr. Award.

He was raised in Fairfield and is the youngest of five children of the late Congressman McKinney and his wife, Lucie. He graduated from Fairfield Prep in 1982, earned a bachelor of arts degree from Yale University in 1986 and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law, with honors, in 1994. Prior to being elected to the General Assembly, he practiced law at Cummings and Lockwood and was a law clerk to the Connecticut Supreme Court.

“I’m excited about this campaign and grateful for all the friends, family and supporters who have encouraged me to take this step,” said Mr. McKinney, who has filed the necessary paperwork to open the McKinney for Governor candidate committee and begin collecting contributions to qualify for the Citizens Election Fund. “Over the coming weeks, we’ll work to build support and a statewide organization to help put Connecticut back on the right track.”

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  • cosmo p

    WOW ANOTHER RINO what else is new. What the heck is the difference between him and MALLOY. At least Malloy is a flaming liberal and everyone knows it. But claiming to be a conservative is laughable as the fact is Mc Kinney is a BIG RINO!!!

  • cosmo p

    Hay John Frey Mc Kinney and Toni Boucher will be boycotted by GUN OWNERS. We have very long memories and we are starting web pages of the republican RINOS that sold us down the drain. Gun owners are not going to vote for these TURN COATS and we discuss this at gun shows ranges and every gun event in the state. Gun owners make up a big part of the voting block and we are going to prove it come election day. The Turn coat republicans are going to be voted out. I and loads of my friends wont be voting. What is the difference between a liberal dem or a liberal republican NOTHING and they proved it when they took our rights away from us. Now we are going to boycott there elections.

    • Secondhand Rose

      You might be wise to remember that gun control advocates ALSO vote, and there are more of them than there are of YOU.

      YOU’RE the kind of person who put Obama where he is today.

  • Secondhand Rose

    If he’s as good a public servant as his father was, then we’re made in the shade.

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