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Gun Rights Group Goes With Foley

by Christine Stuart | Aug 29, 2014 10:14am
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Posted to: Election 2014

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Tom Foley and Joe Visconti at a gun rally in April at the state Capitol

Upon hearing that the 15,000-member Connecticut Citizens Defense League endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley Friday morning, Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy could barely contain his excitement.

“I’m shocked. I’m shocked,” Malloy said with a grin on his face.

Malloy said Foley would repeal the stricter gun laws passed post-Newtown, if a bill makes it to his desk.

“When a governor says he’ll sign a bill or he’ll sign a repeal he’s actually advocating a position,” Malloy said. “If people want to rollback regulations that have lowered crime and made children safer, and made teachers safer, and made parents safer and make communities safer ... then you know, I guess they know who their guy is because he just got endorsed by an organization that advocates doing every one of those things.”

The Second Amendment group, which saw its membership grow in response to the post-Newtown gun control measures taken by the legislature, said after carefully considering the issues it has decided to endorse Foley and his running mate Heather Bond Somers.

“Governor Dannel Malloy has a proven track record of supporting anti-rights legislation and has vilified and ostracized Connecticut gun owners throughout his term,” the group said in an email. “It is time for him to be to be replaced. We strongly believe that the team of Tom Foley and Heather Somers will take Connecticut in a new direction that is so desperately needed.”

In addition to Foley and Somers, the group endorsed the rest of the Republican ticket and Democratic Sens. Cathy Osten and Andy Maynard. Democratic State Reps. Ed Jutila, Linda Orange, Dan Rovero, Peggy Sayers, Buddy Altobello, Lou Esposito, and Kevin Ryan were also endorsed by the group.

Joe Visconti, the Republican who petitioned his way onto the ballot, and has made gun rights a central part of his platform was snubbed by the group.

On Monday, Visconti said he blocked on Facebook several board members from the Connecticut Citizens Defense League. He said he had received several concerning and “vitriolic” posts from members of the 2nd Amendment group who support Foley.

“I don’t like to block folks, I’m a huge First Amendment guy, but it’s off the reservation,” Visconti said about the posts. “I know these guys, we’ve politically bled together for years. To watch my own go like this, I mean, wow.”

Foley said that he never sought the group’s endorsement, but was happy to “have anybody’s endorsement” in what is expected to be a close race.

However, it’s unclear how much their endorsement will help his candidacy.

“I don’t know if Tom wants their endorsement,” Visconti said earlier this week. “I don’t think he can run fast enough away from it.”

A Quinnipiac University poll in May suggested that 56 percent of voters support the 2013 gun control law.

Click here to read the rest of CCDL’s endorsements.

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posted by: Just Another Gun Owner | August 29, 2014  11:17am

By “concerning and vitriolic” Visconti means he bans anyone who questions the viability of a candidate who polls in the single digits and has no money in the bank after over a year of campaigning. He also bans anyone who questions how “Conservative or progun” he is, since he advocates ruling by executive order, raising our already too high taxes, taking private property by eminent domain, and says people shouldn’t carry loaded guns in public.
He bans people who mention all his financial and tax problems, and question how someone who can’t manage his own money can manage ours. 
In other words, he bans everyone that doesn’t think he can possibly win this election.

posted by: bob8/57 | August 29, 2014  11:27am

bob8/57

Another reason why good, decent people should vote for Dan Malloy.

posted by: DCSCT1 | August 29, 2014  12:07pm

So Bob are you saying that all firearm owners in CT are not “good, decent people”?  Do you have any family and friends who own firearms? Curious as to your answers to these questions.

posted by: Joebigjoe | August 29, 2014  1:14pm

Uneducated people and anti gun zealots take “repeal” as meaning the entire bill.

That would never happen even with a Republican legislature.

In this case it means repealing the garbage in the bill and if you dont think there is some garbage in it then I invite you to…..(well I wont say it) because you’re the same people that say we have nothing to fear from ISIS, even though todays news is reporting finding plans for weaponizing the bubonic plague, and there may be as many as 500-1000 ISIS members in the US and Canada now.

As it relates to guns I sometimes concealed carry, but I will be stepping that up right away.

posted by: Salmo | August 29, 2014  3:13pm

Bye, bye, Dannel!

posted by: shinningstars122 | August 30, 2014  9:49am

shinningstars122

@JustAnotherGunOwner. Sound like you work for a media firm LMAO.

I think to consider if you want real people elected and to serve the public you have to understand that most middle and working class folks are not perfect and many do great things that should not be over looked simply because they are in debt.

You are actually promoting a social bias buddy which for me I think is a disservice.

I mean that is part of the problem dude.

We only elect rich people who only work to keep us all in debt and in a position to not affect any social change.