Category Archives: 2014 Election

Foley On Biden’s Visit

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Vice President Joe Biden in Connecticut to raise money and boost Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy’s reelection campaign, his Republican rival said he doesn’t think visits from high-profile surrogates will play a role in the governor’s race.

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“Listen I think that people are either with Gov. Malloy and they think he’s doing a good job or they think he’s had his chance and things haven’t worked out very well and they’re going to vote for me,” Tom Foley told reporters in Watertown Tuesday night.

“And I don’t think people are going to be swayed [by] other politicians, even prominent politicians, who come in from out of state,” Foley said.

“A governor’s race is kind of a unique race. A Senate race, a congressional race, if a president comes in or a vice president comes in and says, ‘I need your vote to help me run the federal government’ that’s a very different arguement from somebody coming in and saying, ‘We need a Democrat governor in Connecticut.’

“So I don’t really think it will mean a whole lot in the outcome of the race,” Foley added.


Visconti Officially Qualifies for the November Ballot

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Gubernatorial candidate Joe Visconti has qualified for the November ballot.

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Visconti, a former member of the West Hartford town council, was notified by Secretary of the State Denise Merrill this afternoon.

Visconti started out as a Republican but petitioned his way onto the ballot by collecting 7,500 signatures.

No word yet on whether former state legislator Jonathan Pelto, another petitioning candidate, has qualified.



SOTS Reports 21 Percent Turnout At Primaries

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Voter turnout figures released Tuesday show low participation in last week’s statewide Republican primaries.

Turnout was 21 percent among Republican voters, who last week elected Greenwich businessman Tom Foley and former Groton Mayor Heather Somers to run against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman in November.

Of the nearly 400,000 registered Republicans in Connecticut, less than 83,000 voted in the primary.

“The turnout was actually slightly higher than we had predicted for this year” Secretary Merrill said in a release.  “Compared to general elections, primaries consistently have a lower turnout so exceeding twenty percent was actually a little higher than we originally thought.”

The voter turnout was a nearly 10 percentage point drop from 2010, the last Republican gubernatorial primary, when 30 percent of Republican voters cast ballots to choose Foley as that year’s nominee. Foley said last week that a high profile senate race in 2010 contributed to the higher level of turnout four years ago.

New Foley Ad Hits Malloy: “Connecticut Is Hurting”

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“Dan Malloy is so desperate that he’s falsely attacking Tom Foley,” a voice narrates in a new ad from Republican Tom Foley, responding to allegations in a recent ad the governor’s campaign launched against its challenger.

Malloy a week ago launched an ad that featured an awkward exchange between Foley and employees at Fusion Paperboard in Sprague earlier this summer, and compared the Greenwich businessman’s remarks there to what Democrats say are problems with his ownership of the Bibb Co., a Georgia textile manufacturer, in the 80s and 90s.

“It’s sad Malloy can’t defend his policies,” the new Foley spot says, criticizing the governor for the largest tax increase in state history, a struggling economy, and an unfavorable jobs market.

A Battle is Brewing for Independent Party Nomination

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A potentially bitter battle is brewing for the right to run for governor on the Independent Party line.

Republican nominee Tom Foley and Trinity professor John Mertens, a newcomer to the race, are likely to seek the party’s endorsement, said Mike Telesca of Waterbury, chairman of one the factions of the Independent Party. The nominee will be decided Tuesday night at a caucus in Watertown.

“I’m not sure who is going to win the caucus,” Telesca said. “I just want to make sure there’s a fair process.”


The backing of the third party is important to Foley because having his name on a second line on the November ballot could strengthen his position against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, whose own name will appear twice, under the Democratic and Working Families lines.

A cross-endorsement from the Independent Party could also give Foley a boost among unaffiliated voters and some Democrats, who may feel more comfortable voting for him on the Independent line than the Republican one.


Mertens ran for U.S. Senate in 2010 on the Connecticut for Lieberman line. He is a member of the Independent Party and he has tapped another party official as his running mate.

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Cook Political Report Moves Conn. Gov Race From Lean D to Toss Up

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On the heels of Tom Foley’s Republican primary victory, national political analysts have changed their rating of the race from “lean Democrat” to “toss up.”

Cook Political, the elections analysis firm, changed the rating Friday. Cook analyst Jennifer Duffy said in a post to Twitter that the switch has “nothing to do with pol enviro or any GOP wave, but because voters are unhappy w/ incumbents.”

“Despite Connecticut’s solid blue hue, Malloy has had a difficult first term and is not all that popular with voters,” Duffy said. “He inherited a $3.5 billion budget shortfall that he closed by raising taxes, including the sales tax. Although he claimed a budget surplus this year, it turned out to be premature”

Foley/Somers Hit The Campaign Trail

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Foley and SomersTom Foley and Heather Somers, paired together Wednesday by Republican voters, hit the campaign trail as a team for the first time Thursday and declared their arranged marriage “a dream ticket.”

Both campaigned as “outsiders” in the primary, saying they would bring the perspective of Connecticut residents to the state capitol.

“We come out of the business world – we know what job creators and leaders need in order to stay here and invest in Conn,” Foley said. “But we also are experienced in government…Heather was mayor of groton and I served twice in government, once over in Iraq and for 2 1/2 years in the State Department over in Dublin.”

Somers said: “We’re going to put Dan Malloy on notice right now that he should start packing his bags. In 12 weeks he’s going to be gone.”

Greenberg, Debicella Reach “Young Guns” Status

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Republican congressional candidates Mark Greenberg and Dan Debicella have attained the highest level in the GOP’s competitive Young Guns program.

The program is a way for the national party to reward energetic candidates in key races who have met certain fundraising thresholds.

“Our job as a committee is to help elect Republicans to office that will serve as a check and balance on the Obama administration,” National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Greg Walden said.

Debicella and Greenberg have “outlined conservative principles that will grow jobs, stop the harmful effects of ObamaCare, and get Washington’s spending under control,” Walden said. “[They have] met a series of rigorous goals that will put [them] in a position to win on Election Day.”

Greenberg is running against Democratic U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty in the 5th District, Debicella is challenging U.S. Rep. Jim Himes in the 4th District.

Biden Coming to East Hartford Next Week

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Vice President Joe Biden will make another trip to Connecticut next week.

Biden will attend an event on workforce development and skills in East Hartford on Wed., Aug. 20, according to the White House. No additional details were provided.

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Neil Vigdor of Hearst Newspapers is reporting that Biden will also attend a pair of fundraisers in Fairfield County that day. Citing multiple sources, Vigdor says Biden will attend a fundraiser in Greenwich for the Democratic Governors Association and another in Stamford for the Connecticut Democratic Party.


Republicans File Election Complaint Against Malloy, DGA

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The Connecticut Republican party has filed a complaint with the State Elections Enforcement Commission alleging unlawful coordination between a committee established by the Democratic Governors Association and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s reelection campaign.

Democrats say the allegations are baseless.

The complaint, filed on Wednesday, asserts that $91,255 in expenditures made by Connecticut Forward, a committee established by the Democratic Governors Association, were coordinated with the Malloy campaign, a violation of state election law.

The complaint does not provide any details in support of its claim. However, Zak Sanders, spokesman for the Connecticut Republican party, said the very fact that Malloy is a member of the Democratic governors group is proof of coordination.

“Gov. Malloy sits on their board and has raised money for the organization,” Sanders said. “Now this money is coming back and is being spent on his behalf.”

“When the law gets in the way of Gov. Malloy’s plans for re-election, he either finds a way around it or blatantly ignores it,” said Jerry Labriola, Jr., chairman of the state Republican party. “We saw this first with his pay-to-play shakedown of state contractors for campaign cash, and we’re seeing it again now through his apparent illegal coordination with the Democratic Governors Association and Connecticut Forward.”

Devon Puglia, spokesman for the state Democratic party, said the complaint has no merit and contains no specifics. He dismissed it as a publicity stunt.

“This claim is utterly baseless, totally unsubstantiated, and unbelievably reckless,” Puglia said. “There are fewer specifics in this claim than the GOP’s policy proposals — and that’s next to nothing. If voters want to know why the GOP will take Connecticut backwards, this is it. Rooting for Connecticut to fail and trying to turn back the clock on this state, this is a cheap, paper-thin ploy to generate a headline.”

The Democratic Governors Association, and its Republican counterpart, are expected to big big players in gubernatorial campaign, which pits Malloy against Republican businessman Tom Foley.

Earlier this year, New Jersey Gov. Chris Chrisie, the head of the Republican Governors Association, came to Greenwich and pledged to “commit the resources that are necessary to try to get Tom’s campaign over the finishing line.”

Danny Kanner, spokesman for the Democratic Governors Association, called the Republcians’ complaint “frivolous.”

“While it’s nice to see erratic millionaire Tom Foley is taking time off from blaming workers for losing their jobs and driving his company into bankruptcy, he and his Republican hatchet men should use the opportunity to come clean about the devastating impact his hidden policies would have on middle-class families instead of filing frivolous legal complaints,” Kanner said.

The SEEC is expected to take up the complaint at its next meeting on Tuesday. At that time, it will determine whether the complaint is within the commission’s purview; it if it found to meet that standard, an investigation will be opened, a spokesman for the commission said.