Lauretti on checking petition signatures: 'It’s just a waiting game’

Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti said he could find out Friday whether his campaign submitted enough petition signatures to qualify for the Republican primary for lieutenant governor.

“It’s just a waiting game,” Lauretti said Thursday evening, as he awaits an announcement from the Secretary of the State’s office. “We should find out tomorrow.”

A certain percentage of the signatures routinely are determined to be invalid, usually because the signers are not registered voters or not registered in the appropriate political party.

The signatures are now being checked by registrar of voters offices across the state, based on where the signers are from. The Lauretti campaign had less than three weeks to collect the required number of signatures.

The Boughton factor

Lauretti’s campaign collected the signatures with the help of Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, who was going to run with Lauretti as a team so they could combine campaign donations to hopefully qualify for the state’s public financing program.

However, Boughton has since dropped out of the governor’s race, indicating one factor in his decision was that he didn’t expect Lauretti to qualify for the lieutenant governor’s primary.

Lauretti, now in his 12th term as mayor, said on Thursday evening he wanted to wait to see what happens with the signatures. “I’ll run,” he said if he qualifies, despite Boughton having dropped out of the governor’s race.

He said Boughton’s campaign likely had been checking with some local registrars’ offices on what percentage of the Lauretti petition signatures were being determined to be valid. “He’s been getting feedback from some registrars of voters by town,” Lauretti said of Boughton.