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Foley Gets On The Bus For Final Days On Campaign Trail

by | Oct 31, 2014 5:30am () Comments | Commenting has expired | Share
Posted to: Election 2014, Cromwell

Hugh McQuaid photo As Tom Foley criss-crosses the state during the last five days of the gubernatorial campaign, he will be riding in a luxury bus used by the likes of Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton.

Foley, who is trying to unseat Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, debuted the bus Thursday afternoon at a campaign stop in Cromwell.

The bus is wrapped in a massive decal with Foley’s likeness and a banner reading “New Direction Tour.” The seats on the inside recline and have leather upholstery. A large, flat screen television is affixed to the rear wall, a smaller screen sits on the passenger side. The bus has a small kitchen area, a bathroom, and wireless internet.

Hugh McQuaid photo Campaign spokesman Mark McNulty said the bus had been used by 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as well as by former and likely future Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Foley told supporters in Cromwell “we got a lot of honking on the highway on the way up.”

“We’re going around and we’re visiting places all over Connecticut, we’re touching as many people as we can in the five days that are left. The bus is a huge help,” Foley said. “It also gives us an opportunity to bring supporters along with us and experience the campaign trail.”

“We’re hitting a lot of diners and malls and all kinds of stuff,” he said.

The Foley campaign’s goal is to visit 25 towns in the days leading up to the election.

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posted by: RogueReporterCT | October 31, 2014  6:44am


Darn. I hoped he would campaign in one of his classic fighter jets.

posted by: Independent Mind | October 31, 2014  7:15am

Make these last 4 days count Mr. Foley…so when I wake up on Wednesday morning I can call you Governor Foley!!!

posted by: art vandelay | October 31, 2014  7:43am

art vandelay

Fair & Balanced reporting w/CT News Junkie?  Really now.  Terms like “luxury bus used by the LIKES of of Mitt Romney & Hillary Clinton”.  The reporter should also state that Dan Malloy has a chauffeur driven Lincoln all courtesy of the state taxpayer.  Ella Grasso as I recall drove her own Chevy Citation and REFUSED a Lincoln. I wouldn’t be surprised if Dan Malloy is flown down to Andrews on Sunday via state jet to ride Air Force One back to Connecticut w/Obama just for a photo op in front of the plane.

posted by: Kidz First | October 31, 2014  10:31am

Foley will have to work extra hard to counter the spending frenzy by Malloy trying to buy urban votes with huge taxpayer funded public works projects—like $22 M for New Haven and a huge amount for Waterbury—secured by State Bond Commission borrowing.

posted by: Breeze | October 31, 2014  11:05am

Public works projects are paid for by taxpayers? Oh no! Maybe Foley can counter those goodies with offers to balance the budget and cut taxes. Here’s to hoping this is the last time he has to step foot in our diners and malls.

posted by: ocoandasoc | October 31, 2014  12:52pm

I actually got to see this bus before anyone in Connecticut did as it passed me on Rt. 40 just outside of Nashville on Monday. It was “wrapped” by Brand Imaging Group here in Antioch, TN just a few miles from my home. They are an outstanding, cost-effective, full-service independently-owned digital graphics company that wraps many of the top music artists’ buses. I got to tour their facility and meet and chat with the owner about a year ago.

posted by: One and Done | October 31, 2014  1:19pm

@ Art Vandelay.  You forgot the State Police escort on top of the chauffeured limo.

These writers are clearly biased for the status quo.

That’s why there is no reporting on the fact that Obamacare is shafting us out of half a billion dollars that we’ve spent.

posted by: Commuter | October 31, 2014  1:21pm

How fitting that Foley’s swan song is on a luxury bus.

Bad news, trolls. The numbers just aren’t there for Foley. To win, a Republican statewide needs everything he normally gets in the suburbs and rural communities, and he has to win one large or two small cities pretty convincingly.

The options for a Republican are Stamford, Waterbury, Danbury, and Norwalk (only Stamford and Waterbury are large enough to be decisive), and Foley will lose at least three, and probably all four (there is no excitement for him in Danbury).

The Democrats have an operation unlike anything this state has ever seen, and maybe ever will see again. They will grind out their vote targets with the force of a tectonic plate, while the Republicans flit and skip across the surface.

This is all but over. 4 more years.

posted by: Greg | October 31, 2014  1:36pm

Art- I think it’s safe to say Malloy—as sitting governor—is going to be driven around in the Lincoln or Tahoe or whatever with security team in tow.  This is not some grand conspiracy.

Also, Hugh is clearly making the point there is a giant, very presidential-candidate-worthy bus being driven around our small state, which is something a little different than what one would normally see.  Again, not some grand conspiracy.

Kidz- have you sat in waterbury traffic? Do you have another plan to fix the stretch of i-84 from 25A to 23? How about the MixMaster? Or the Hartford Viaduct? 

Please, educate us how fixing 50+ year old crappy highways is a partisan, political issue.

posted by: Breeze | October 31, 2014  1:44pm

There’s a reason the art vandelays and one and dones of the world don’t make it in journalism. They think that a story about dogs has to be balanced by equal time for cats. The word “luxury” was all it took for these guys to blow a gasket. Wow, Hugh, that was some hit piece.

posted by: ASTANVET | October 31, 2014  2:28pm

Commuter, don’t you find it a little disturbing that you can pander to a few spots that are not representative of the whole state to drive politics on the state/national elections?  how is this a representative system if all you have to do is buy bridgeport/new haven/hartford/waterbury/danbury?  What do people from Tolland have in common with those in Bridgeport?  how is Putnam represented by a waterbury vote?  You are all giddy about this, but to me it represents the fact that we do not have representative government and that it has grown too big, with too much money involved at the expense of average citizens.  I love CT, and have always gravitated back from various assignments/jobs elsewhere (worldwide and across the country) - but the one thing that kills this state is the group think for the democratic party.  Why is it so hard to be left alone without being taxed, overly politically correct policed, bullied, regulated - can’t we just get along and live in peace?

posted by: art vandelay | October 31, 2014  3:22pm

art vandelay

I have a degree in U.S. History not Journalism.  Note many of my comments have historical implications to them and how they effect the present. If we do not learn from our past we are doomed to repeat it.  The re-election of Malloy is a prime example.  We quickly forget the extravagant spending, massive deficits & favoritism by the Democrats these past four years.  On Tuesday we as a state will forget all this and go for more by electing Dan Malloy for a second term.  How Sad!

posted by: Commuter | October 31, 2014  5:58pm

I’m going to try not to waste too much time on this but, out of appreciation for the sheer volume of your participation over the last several months:

- it doesn’t make mathmatical sense that an popular vote isn’t representative of the state as a whole.
- if in fact everyone who is eligible to vote registered and voted, and voted in the way their neighbors voted, the ass-whooping that the Democrats are routinely administering to the bewildered CT GOP would be even greater.
- and were that the case, it would surely drive the cost of Democratic victory down dramatically
- nationally (and surely, if they thought they could get away with it) the GOP is actively pursuing voter suppression tactics, because they cannot win on a legitimate popular vote
- to wit: the number of votes cast for candidates for the US House added up to majority Democratic votes, yet the House is lopsidedly GOP; due entirely to nefarious gaming of the system in every way they can devise - beginning with gerrymandering districts; see DeLay, Tom
- what I said is that a statewide GOP candidate has to be able to win in just one city - this is just math - what it reflects (in brief) is that about half of the state’s population lives in urban municipalities
- you clearly understand nothing about the CT Democratic Party if you believe there is “group think” going on; this must be willful ignorance, since the divisions amongst said Democrats are the very basis of Tom Foley’s ‘strategy’
- “can’t we all just get along?” That’s some sort of gag, right?

posted by: SocialButterfly | October 31, 2014  8:18pm

@BreezeandCommuter: We have a voting responsibility to help restore 0ur country, state and Constitution by electing represntatives who can slow down the failed the crippling Obama agenda adopted by Dannel Malloy.
That’s why voters who care for
our state and country must elect people like Tom Foley and Mark Greenberg for Congress in November. Elizabeth Esty has voted for Obama’s agenda 94% of the time and like Malloy must be voted out of office.

posted by: shinningstars122 | November 1, 2014  10:11am


Where are the Foley groupies on this bus?

I mean really?

@Socialbutterfly it is nice to see you standing behind the flag and US Constitution once again but I have one question for you.

Where do you stand on the Citizens United ruling and corporate personhood?

@Art just for the record how many miles do you have on your car?

I am currently at 230,000 miles.

posted by: SocialButterfly | November 1, 2014  12:02pm

@Commuter;  i’m glad that you are concerned about what Tom Foley must do to win the election. He is taking a long bus ride to remind voters about the no mercy fiscal deficit spending ride Malloy has taken state taxpayer’s on, which will reflect on higher state taxes for all.
Malloy is bringing in a negative performance record bearing Barack Obama to Connecticut to save him as a negative performing governor, Unfortunately two negatives will not create a positive needed to save our governor’s posterior. Nationally, Democratic mid-term are evading Obama’s reelection help like a plague. However, Malloy is going against the grain. as he is desperate, and reaching out for Obama’s help like a drowning swimmer to save his political life.

posted by: art vandelay | November 1, 2014  9:29pm

art vandelay

I’m not far behind.  My odometer reads 182,000.  FYI my last NEW car purchase was in 1986 when Reagan had the economy humming & I had an excellent job.  With Obama & Malloy’s policies I’m one step away from the breadline.

posted by: SocialButterfly | November 1, 2014  11:44pm

@shinningsrars:122: You can’t try to blame Tom Foley and the Republicans for the reckless spending by Dannel Malloy which will again be raising taxes for Connecticut taxpayers. You will not launder Malloy’s political sins, although you write long-winded comments in trying to stretch the truth.

posted by: shinningstars122 | November 2, 2014  12:13pm


@Art Right on!

@Socialbutterfly it is a simple question, which for the life of me I can not understand why you choose not to answer it, and has nothing to do with Malloy or Foley.

It is a much broader and important question on the direction and state of our Republic.

posted by: SocialButterfly | November 2, 2014  12:35pm

A vote-hungry Dannel Malloy is passing out much more bonded debt like it’s going out of style (wish it was for Connecticut but Malloy has no conscience in his thirst for votes. Fight organized Connecticut crime and vote out the unscrupulous Malloy regime on Election Day. Dannel is making Tom Foley look like a perforng priest, minister or rabbi on the eve of election. Voters with any conscience have to vote for Tom Foley.  Dannel Malloy has “literally sold his soul” in his devious run for reelection. God bless our election process on Election Day. Connecticut already has the leading bonded per person indebtedness in the country and Malloy is selfishly adding to it in his quest to stay in power.

posted by: SocialButterfly | November 2, 2014  2:14pm

@ahinningstars122: I am not your snswering post to a hypothetical question. My only answer to you is respectfully asking you to stay away from the organized crime you have embraced in your showing allegiance to the Dannel Malloy Democratic fiscally dishonest political machins.

posted by: DanofiveO | November 2, 2014  3:05pm

Oh ss Minow 122, how I wish we could all join hands skipping and dancing to “ding dong the wicked witch is dead” when Malloy is beaten, Now that Visconti has thrown his support behind Tom and Heather I’d say it’s looking pretty good!
I predict Foley by 5-10% how about you?
Hey perhaps you could still pay higher taxes and ruin your neighbors lives with your twisted progressive liberal rants? But as always once business creates more jobs I’m sure you and your cronies will reappear to try to over regulate and incrementally stymie the Economy and job creation. Hopefully on the national level true American loving citizens can finally take take the senate now too and stop the big problem in the White House ruining our country giving our jobs to foreigners, decimating the military, destroying the middle class and debasing all the values our country has been proudly known for for centuries. Say no more to president Obola, no thanks to Hillary and her Saul Alinsky agenda, no to entro virus border policies that have paralyzed 50 children and killed 10, no to the race baiting politicians, no to big government and democrats watching your voting record while reaching in your pocket!
Remember when the government shut down last year? What really happened? The president closed the veterans memorials and held an immigration rally for illegals with pelosi.
All the workers got paid for their time off. The government will take a dollar and give you back a nickel. In your face Dems you deserve everything that’s coming to you. At least you will have a seat at the table which is what you stripped from small business owners and all that worked for us. And unlike your period of oppression republicans will work to lower your tax burdens, foster small business and create jobs something you have been unable and unwilling to do! Yep share a piece of the pie is all you had to do but your self aggrandizing selfish self centered entitlement doesn’t allow you to even believe that businesses create jobs. “Ding dong the wicked witch, ding dong the wicked witch is dead!” Come on and sing it!

posted by: SocialButterfly | November 2, 2014  9:45pm

@DanofiveO; You earned a HIGH FIVE with your analogy of fighting Democratic organized crime that is destroying our federal and state government’s. What we need are more unemployed Democratic politicians who are destroying our economy.





































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