ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) — Two physicians who treat Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said Wednesday the Republican gubernatorial candidate is in good health, blaming a recent collapse at a political event on dehydration and his failure to take prescribed anti-seizure medication.
“He’s fine,” said Dr. Robert Friedlander, Boughton’s neurosurgeon at the University of Pittsburgh who removed a noncancerous tumor from the politician’s brain last year.
Friedlander said Boughton’s collapse at the meet-and-greet in Avon was not cardiac-related. One of Boughton’s Republican rivals, state Rep. Prasad Srinivasan, an allergist, was among those who tended to Boughton and attempted to perform CPR.
“I’m sure he was well-meaning, but I’m not sure it was needed,” he said of the CPR.
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Boughton is among more than two dozen declared and potential candidates for governor. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is not seeking a third term. The 54-year-old mayor, one of the better-known candidates in the pack, said he organized Wednesday’s news conference with his neurosurgeon and his general physician — complete with images of his brain — to quell any concerns he may not be physically fit to hold the job.
Boughton acknowledged it was a mistake not to take his medication.
“I felt so good that frankly you just forget,” he said. “I think I’ve learned my lesson.”
Danbury Dr. Spyros Smith, Boughton’s primary care physician, said the mayor has been tolerating the anti-seizure medication well and the likelihood of Boughton experiencing any problems with the drug is small.