First it was General Electric. Then it was Yale University. Now it’s the town of Danbury, Conn.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton last week did some social-media trolling by asking residents of his city of more than 80,000 if they should secede over Connecticut’s latest tax plan.
“Should #Danbury secede from CT?” Boughton said in posts on both Twitter and Facebook. “Give back state aid and form our own state. What should we call it? Should we allow Bethel in?”
Boughton, who apparently was referring to the nearby town of Bethel, had already told Hearst Connecticut Media on Wednesday that he was “Just being a little tongue and cheek here.”
But that didn’t stop Florida Gov. Rick Scott from chiming in Friday.
“@MayorMark No state income tax, 2nd lowest tax burden, 55 tax cuts, 4 years of surplus- come to FL it’s a sunny day!” Scott posted via Twitter to Boughton.
“Thanks Gov. I’m gonna stay and fix CT.. (Happy to visit tho),” Boughton responded.
Always the salesman, Scott wasn’t done.
“@MayorMark hope you change your mind! Call me when you decide to join the more than 100 million visitors to FL. twitter.com/MayorMark/stat…” Scott tweeted back.
The exchange wasn’t Scott’s first aimed at Connecticut.
In March, Scott was rejected by Yale after urging the Ivy League school to look at relocating to Florida after Connecticut lawmakers considered a bill to tax the university’s endowment.
Last June, Scott went to Connecticut for a business-recruitment trip. One of Scott’s prime targets out of the Connecticut excursion became the mega-conglomerate General Electric. But GE took an offer in January from Boston for a new headquarters location.
The News Service of Florida