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Former U.S. comptroller general seeks GOP nod for Connecticut governor

David M. Walker becomes fourth Fairfield County Republican to replace Gov. Malloy.

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David M. Walker, who served as U.S. comptroller general from 1998 to 2008 and is now a senior strategic adviser at PricewaterhouseCoopers, has announced that he is seeking Connecticut’s 2018 Republican Party nomination for governor.

Walker, a Bridgeport resident who unsuccessfully sought the 2014 Republican nomination for lieutenant governor, was a partner and global managing director at Arthur Andersen LLP prior to becoming comptroller general, whose duties involve directing the U.S. Government Accountability Office. After leaving the federal government, he served as president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation from 2008 to 2010 before launching the Comeback America Initiative, a nonpartisan organization that advocated fiscal responsibility in government. It ceased operations in 2013.

Walker is the fourth Fairfield County Republican aiming for statewide office, following Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst. Although Gov. Dannel Malloy has yet to announce whether he would seek re-election, Walker used an interview with CTNewsJunkie to push for a two-term limit for the governor’s office. “I don’t think he (Malloy) should be allowed to run again,” he said.

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