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Foley To Announce 2014 Campaign For Governor On Primary Day

by Christine Stuart | Sep 9, 2013 4:30pm
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Posted to: Election 2014, Election Night 2010, Election Policy, Town News, Bridgeport

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Tom Foley

The former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland will announce his second run for governor Tuesday in a city that delayed the official vote tally in 2010 when it failed to order enough ballots, and then spent days counting them by hand.

Republican Tom Foley, who lost to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy by 6,404 votes in 2010 will announce his second bid for governor at 11 a.m. at the Burroughs Community Center in Bridgeport.

Foley, who runs a private equity firm in Greenwich, has never really stopped running for governor since his defeat in 2010. In addition to creating a non-profit think-tank after losing in 2010, Foley started making the rounds to newspaper editorial boards last November.

Earlier this year, he appeared on several Sunday news programs and visited the state Capitol to lobby for legislation he argued would eliminate conflicts of interests in the part-time legislature. The later move didn’t go well for Foley, who seemed to offend members of his own party with his remarks at a March public hearing on the legislation.

In 2010, Foley spent more than $10 million of his own money on the campaign, while his Republican opponent — former Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele — used the public campaign finance system along with Malloy.

Shortly after news broke that Foley would be making his candidacy official Tuesday, state Democratic Party’s Executive Director Jonathan Harris was anxious to remind reporters of all the political mudslinging from the 2010 campaign, including an ad featuring former employees of a Georgia textile mill run by Foley’s company from 1985 to 1996.

“Mr. Foley has a lot of questions to answer. Did he really think taking these people’s jobs away and ruining their retirement security was the right thing to do, and the right way to make millions of dollars?” Harris asked in an emailed statement.

Foley has disputed the series of events and allegations he did anything to harm the people who worked for the Bibb Co.

As recently as June, Foley was the frontrunner in the 2014 race for governor with data showing that he would beat Malloy by three percentage points in the Quinnipiac University poll.

The only other candidates to announce their intention to run for governor thus far are state Sen. John McKinney and West Hartford resident Joe Visconti. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and Sen. Toni Boucher of Wilton also are exploring possible gubernatorial campaigns.

Malloy hasn’t announced his re-election bid, but there’s no indication that he’s not going to run.

So far, all the candidates except for Foley will be using the Citizens’ Election Program, which means they will need to raise $250,000 in small donations to qualify for $1.25 million for the primary and then $6 million for the general election.

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posted by: Noteworthy | September 9, 2013  8:31pm

I’m sick of the mudslinging, the lies and misrepresentations. Frankly, given the whoppers told by Malloy these last years, I’m open to solutions, practicality, and honesty. Johnathan Harris should think about that and look realistically at the state of the state.

posted by: gompers | September 10, 2013  1:12pm

If you are sick of mudslinging, lies and misrepresenations then run from Tom Foley.  The Courant reported on how Foley lied before a U.S. Senate subcommittee when he was being considered for the patronage plum of ambassador to Ireland.  Foley was asked if he had been arrested.  He said no.  Yet, Foley had been arrested twice as an adult for road rage incidents - one involving his wife and son.  Foley was the number two civilian in charge of the Iraq reconstruction.  A special U.S. Inspector General report (issued in 2012) said that this reconstruction was fraught with corruption, cost overruns and nonperformance.  Foley was George W. Bush’s top fundraiser for his presidential campaign - hence Bush made him ambassador to Ireland.  But now Foley is trying to position himself as an ethics crusader against big campaign cash.  Foley has no shame.

posted by: Stan Muzyk | September 11, 2013  9:59am

gompers:  “As a documented mudslinger—under an assumed name”—your personal attack against Tom Foley is taken “with a grain of salt.”

posted by: gompers | September 11, 2013  12:45pm

Stan,
Its not mudslinging if it is the truth.  A Courant article (“Foley Answered No on Questionnaires about Arrests Despite Charges of Attempted Assault”, July 22, 2010) reports Foley’s lies before the U.S. Senate.  The Christian Science Monitor reports about the U.S. Special Inspector General’s report (Rebuilding Iraq:  Final Report on US Effor Highlights Massive Waste”, July 12, 2013).  Though it does not mention any names in it, would Foley deny that he was the number two civilian in charge of this?  Now, when Foley referred to public school teachers as “hijackers” in his Courant op-ed two days after six public school teachers were slain trying to defend children at Sandy Hook elementary school - that was mudslinging.  The difference is providing facts and corroboration versus just a personal attack such as Foley made on all public school teachers.  Look it up - Courant, Sunday, December 16, front page of the Commentary section.
Gompers