Boughton did not vote for dog, he tweeted

On election day 2016, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton took to Instagram to say he’d voted for his dog for president.

“Make the Dog Pound Great Again,” Boughton wrote, in parody of Trump’s campaign slogan alongside a picture of the dog, Ellie Mae.

But now the joke is turning on Boughton.

Rob Blanchard, chair of the Middletown Democrats, took to Twitter to criticize Boughton and Madison business executive Bob Stefanowski for not voting for Trump and, in Stefanowski’s case, for not voting at all. Both candidates now support the president.

In a now deleted Tweet, Boughton, the endorsed Republican candidate for governor, responded that he voted “straight Republican,” including a vote for President Donald Trump.

Boughton said he deleted the Tweet because he didn’t think it was a good idea to get into argument with Blanchard. Boughton said he supports the president and was not attempting to distance himself from Trump, who has been under fire for saying at a press conference that he believed Putin’s denials of Russian interference in the 2016 election over the U.S. intelligence agencies’ assessment. Trump yesterday said he misspoke at the news conference alongside Putin.

“I think he spoke to that yesterday, feeling that his comments were misinterpreted,” Boughton said, declining to comment further because he did not watch the press conference with Putin in its entirety. “I support the president and his clarifying his comments.”; 203-842-2563; @kaitlynkrasselt