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Boughton touts new outlook after near-death experience

December 15, 2017 GMT

DANBURY - Mayor Mark Boughton’s state-of-the-city speech got personal on Friday in front of 300 guests at the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Leaders Luncheon.

But it’s not what you think.

The presumptive gubernatorial candidate said nothing new about when he would decide to run for the GOP nomination in 2018, except that he would make an announcement soon.

Instead the nine-term mayor recounted his night of reckoning before life-saving surgery in August to remove a brain tumor, and the revelation he had in the recovery room after surgery.

Boughton told guests at Friday’s luncheon that he heard a group of youth praying for the recovery of their friend in the intensive care unit, who had been seriously injured in car accident.

“There are no atheists in the ICU,” Boughton told guests at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. “Our lives are really about how we treat each other.”

Boughton’s personal message came at the conclusion of remarks about Danbury’s healthy economic numbers in 2017, and the dismal forecast for Connecticut’s finances in 2018.