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Malloy Trails Foley In NYT/CBS Poll

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Republican candidate Tom Foley has a nine percentage point lead over incumbent Democrat Gov. Dannel Malloy, according to a poll released Monday by the New York Times, CBS and nonpartisan research firm YouGov.

The poll showed Foley leading Malloy 42 to 33 in a hypothetical general election match-up. The Greenwich businessman and former U.S. ambassador was the 2010 Republican nominee and is seeking a rematch against Malloy this fall. He faces an Aug. 12 primary against state senate minority leader John McKinney.

Malloy won by about 6,400 votes last election, and previous Quinnipiac University polls this year have shown the two in a dead heat, suggesting another close race if Foley wins the nomination.

The NYT/YouGov/CBS poll collected data using an online survey – a switch from telephone polling, which is the traditional research method used by Quinnipiac University and others.

“Random-digit dialing has long been the gold standard for public polling, but declining response rates may be complicating the ability of telephone polls to capitalize on the advantages of random sampling,” New York Times reporter Nate Cohn wrote in an article about the survey and its methodology. But, he wrote, “There are still questions about the effectiveness of web panels, which can reach only the 81 percent of Americans who use the Internet.” Cohn also observed that phone polling allows for a level of randomization in selecting a sample of voters that cannot be obtained with a web survey.

A breakdown of the results shows Malloy enjoys support from women, black and Hispanic voters. In each of those three categories, he had at least a 10 point lead over Foley.  54 percent of black voters said they would vote for Malloy, with only 25 percent polled saying they would vote for Foley. Similarly, 49 percent of Hispanic voters supported Malloy, compared to only 8 percent who supported Foley.

Dodd Likes Pelto, But Supports Malloy In Tight Race For Governor This Fall

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Former U.S. Senator Chris Dodd goes way back with fellow eastern Connecticut Democrat Jonathan Pelto.

When asked if he has known Pelto for about 30 years, Dodd responds, “Actually longer than that.”

The relationship goes all the way back to the mid-1970s before Dodd became a prominent member of the U.S. Senate and a national political figure as general chairman of the Democratic National Committee under President Bill Clinton.

“Jonathan was about 12 or 13 years old when I was a freshman member of the House when I received a paper from a young man in Storrs, Connecticut on energy policy,” Dodd told Capitol Watch recently in an interview. “I put it in the Congressional Record. The author was Jonathan Pelto.”

Fast forward to 2014 and Pelto is now gathering signatures in an attempt to get on the ballot in the race for governor. Despite his long relationship with Pelto, Dodd says he will be voting for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

“I have great admiration for Dan Malloy,” Dodd said. “He’s not a back-slapper. He’s not a glad-hander. I don’t need someone to make me feel good with rhetoric. He’s trying to get our state in a good, strong place. I’d rather have a leader like than than someone who makes me feel good. I like Jonathan, but I’m a Dan Malloy guy.”

3 GOP Lt. Gov. Candidates In First Major TV Debate Sunday

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The three Republican candidates for lieutenant governor faced off in their first major debate Sunday, touting their backgrounds and saying they are all pro-gun candidates who support the Second Amendment.

All three said their backgrounds in both the public and private sectors make them the best candidate for the second-highest ranking elected position in the state.

State Rep. Lisa Marie “Penny” Bacchiochi of Stafford Springs, former Groton mayor Heather Bond Somers and former U.S. comptroller general Dave Walker of Bridgeport sat side by side in a television studio at NBC 30 in a “mini-debate” that lasted about 15 minutes.

The aspirants are facing off in the August 12 Republican primary, and they all said they could serve with either Greenwich business executive Tom Foley or Senate minority leader John McKinney of Fairfield – who are running for governor in the same primary.

Host Gerry Brooks noted that none of the three are well-known statewide, which is expected to change with the TV broadcast Sunday and then another debate on August 3 on WFSB-TV, Channel 3 with longtime host Dennis House.

All three candidates received an “A” recently from the National Rifle Association on gun control, while McKinney received an “F” because he voted in favor of the gun control bill that was signed by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy after 28 people died in the tragic shootings in Newtown in December 2012.

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Candidates On The Outs

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Chris Christie, Gov. Dannel Malloy, John McKinney, Tom Foley Date:

BY MATTHEW Q. CLARIDA

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy agrees with Republican rival Tom Foley that Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, who is challenging Foley in the GOP’s Aug. 12 gubernatorial primary, should drop out of the race.

Thing is, Malloy also wants Foley out.

“I did note that Mr. Foley called on Mr. McKinney to get out of the race,” Malloy said Thursday with a grin. “I want to join Mr. Foley and call on both of them to get out of the race.”

It is unlikely that Foley, who came within 6,404 votes of defeating Malloy in 2010, will take up the governor’s offer. So on Friday, Malloy took a minute to throw a jab at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who visited the state this week to stump and raise money for Foley.

“Let me point something out: Republicans brought Gov. Christie into our state, and just so you know, New Jersey has no dollars in the rainy day fund, we’re shortly going to be bouncing up to about $400 million,” Malloy said, ticking off a list of areas where, he says, Connecticut is superior to New Jersey, including bond ratings and pension funding.

There is little love lost between Christie and Malloy, who have sparred on the cable television circuit and in their public statements since Malloy took office in 2011.

Fedele Endorses Walker For Lt. Governor

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BY MATTHEW Q. CLARIDA

Former Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele today endorsed David M. Walker, the Republican who hopes to be the next occupant of the third-floor office now occupied by Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.

Fedele photo_QB63322.jpgFedele served under Gov. M. Jodi Rell from 2007 to 2010 and ran unsuccessfully for the Republican gubernatorial nomination against Tom Foley in 2010. He announced the endorsement Thursday morning at Stamford Old Town Hall, three weeks after endorsing Foley for governor.

“Dave will bring bold change and real leadership to the Capitol,” Fedele said. “Dave has over 40 years of public, private and non-profit-sector leadership, including 10 years as comptroller general of the United States, which makes him by far the most qualified candidate to help create a comeback in Connecticut.  Dave can work with the next governor to help grow the economy, create jobs and put our state’s finances in order.”

Walker accepted the praise in stride, and returned it.

Fedele “knows first-hand the type of person Connecticut needs to serve as lieutenant governor in these challenging times,” Walker said.

Walker has not been shy about his experience at the federal level. In June, he told the Working Families Party that he wasn’t simply chasing the honor of being called “lieutenant governor” “because I’ve had better titles.”

The three candidates for the GOP’s nomination for lieutenant governor are Walker, former Groton Mayor Heather Somers and Rep. Penny Bacchiochi, R-Stafford. The trio will be in West Hartford tonight for a debate-style segment with NBC Connecticut, scheduled to air on Sunday.

Walker has pooled funds with Republican gubernatorial hopeful John McKinney, the Republican senator from Fairfield who is considered an underdog against Tom Foley. In Connecticut, there is no official “ticketing” in the primary round, meaning Walker and McKinney won’t appear together on the ballot.

Fedele is now CEO of Pinnacle Group, an information technology company he founded.

 

Bacchiochi Abruptly Fires Campaign Aide Over Statement on ‘White Privilege’

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By CHRISTOPHER KEATING

Lt. Gov. candidate Penny Bacchiochi, whose campaign has been involved in various controversies, fired a paid campaign consultant Thursday after she made comments on Facebook.

The issue arose when another candidate, Heather Bond Somers, called upon Bacchiochi to disavow the “defamatory comments’’ by consultant Regina V. Ross Roundtree that involved “outrageous assertions about Heather Somers and her campaign.’’

Roundtree was still employed Thursday as the urban affairs coordinator for Republican Tom Foley’s campaign for governor.

Penny Bacchiochi campaign photo.

Penny Bacchiochi campaign photo.

“While a Republican primary may become very heated over the discussion of a candidate’s record and vision there is no place for the personal, divisive and defamatory assertions which are becoming common from the Bacchiochi camp,’’ said a statement released by Jon Conradi, the Somers campaign manager. “The Heather Somers campaign calls on Bacchiochi to immediately disavow herself of these divisive comments which have no place in the Republican Party or in public discourse.’’

In a posting under her name that has since been taken down from Facebook, Roundtree wrote, “People think what they think but help the party out and don’t plaster your complete sense of privilege. This is an example of what is sometimes phrased as “white privilege.’’ The way Heather talks. The arrogance and belittlement of Penny’s and her family’s feelings or any other person who has experienced racism. Our feelings or the fact that we may say something is an embarrassment to the party.’’

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McKinney: “We Are Not Leaving This Race.”

by Categorized: 2014 Election, John McKinney, Tom Foley Date:

Republican John McKinney says he is not leaving the governor’s race, despite a call from his GOP rival Tom Foley to drop out.

Foley, who won the endorsement of Republican insiders at the state party convention in May, said McKinney should abandon his quest to win the party’s nomination. “I think the right thing for John to do is to drop out of the race and endorse me, and I hope he does it,” Foley told The Day of New London’s editorial board.

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McKinney flatly rejected Foley’s call.

“Obviously, Tom Foley’s polling is telling him the same thing ours is telling us: this race is now competitive,” McKinney said. “After a disastrous debate performance and an unwillingness to give voters a straight answer on any important issue, voters are turning toward our plan for spending reductions and real tax relief.

“I appreciate that having taken over the state party machine, Tom would like to dictate the outcome of this primary instead of engaging me on the issues.

“We are not leaving this race.”

 

NRA Rates Foley a B-

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The National Rifle Association’s Political Action Committee has given Connecticut gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley a B- rating.

His Republican primary opponent, John McKinney earned an F.

Foley’s grade puts him among the ranks of “generally pro-gun candidate[s],” the NRA said. “However, a “B” candidate may have opposed some pro-gun reform or supported some restrictive legislation in the past.”

Among candidates for lieutenant governor, Penny Bacchiochi, a state representative from Stafford, earns the groups top rating: an A. She is seen by the organization as a “legislator with not only an excellent voting record on all critical NRA issues, but who has also made a vigorous effort to promote and defend the Second Amendment.” In addition, Bacchiochi received the NRA’s endorsement.

Her Republican opponents, Heather Somers, the former mayor of Groton, and former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker both also earned A ratings. Somers was A- and Walker’s was a qualified A, because it is based on his responses to an NRA questionnaire and not a voting record.

The organization only released its rating for candidates involved in primaries. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who does not face a primary, was not rated, through the NRA and other gun-owners’ groups have been sharply critical of the governor and his policies.

 

“You Don’t Want Two Clones”: McKinney and Walker Diverge on Guns

by Categorized: 2014 Election, David Walker, Gun control, John McKinney Date:

Republicans John McKinney and David Walker forged an alliance based on a strategic need to pool resources as well as a shared vision for strengthening the state’s economy.

But that doesn’t mean the gubernatorial running mates agree on every issue facing Connecticut. In fact, they diverge sharply on gun control, one of the defining controversies of the campaign.

McKinney, a state senator representing Newtown, was a key supporter of the sweeping gun control legislation that passed in the aftermath of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shootings. For that, and for his past support of gun control efforts, the candidate for governor earned an F rating from the NRA

Senate Republican Leader John McKinney. Hartford Courant photo.

Senate Republican Leader John McKinney. Hartford Courant photo.

and was branded “a true enemy of gun owners’ rights.”

Walker, who is running for lieutenant governor, defines himself as “a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment.” He earned a qualified A from the NRA. (The grade is qualified because Walker, who has not held elective office, does not have a voting record on gun-related policies, although the NRA views him as a pro-gun candidate because of his responses to organization’s questionnaire.)

The split on guns could make for some uncomfortable moments on the campaign trail but Walker shrugs it off. “You don’t want two clones,” said Walker, who is not a pistol-permit holder but does own several antique guns that have been in his family for generations.

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Still, Walker is taking some precautions. His campaign has two different lawn signs, one reading McKinney/Walker and one with just Walker’s name.

“We’re going to have both because the truth is, there are certain parts of the state where a McKinney/Walker sign might be OK and there are certain parts of the state where it may not be OK,” he told members of the Bridgeport Republican Town Committee last week. “John and I are in strong agreement with regards to most policy issues on fiscal policy. We disagree on a few issues such as the 2nd Amendment. I’m a very strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment [and] that’s a big issue for certain parts of the population.”

And he reminded the Bridgeport Republicans on the way the system works: “All of you know you vote separately for governor and lt. governor
and while John McKinney and I have formed an alliance, the fact is when people go into the voting booth, they’re going to have to make a separate judgement on governor and lt governor.”

 

 

McKinney Says Foley “Doesn’t Deserve the Opportunity to Lead Our Party Against Dan Malloy”

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With three weeks to go before the Aug. 12 primary, the two Republican candidates for governor continue to spend advertising dollars attacking one another on fiscal matters

On Monday, John McKinney released a blistering new television ad accusing his rival Tom Foley of twisting his stance on budgets and taxes.

“Tom Foley is just not being honest about my record,” an indignant McKinney says in the 30-second commercial.

“The truth is, it’s Tom Foley who won’t cut spending. I will,” said McKinney, who has served in the state Senate for 16 years.

The ad comes less than a week after the Foley campaign began airing a spot branding McKinney and Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as “career politicians, insiders…pushing failed policies.”

In particular, Foley’s ad claimed McKinney and Malloy both back “billions in higher taxes.”

McKinney released a detailed statement along with his new ad countering Foley’s assertions. His ad also seeks to turn the tables on Foley and link him to Malloy.

“For Tom Foley to knowingly distort my voting record isn’t honest,” McKinney said. “We deserve a governor who has the highest degree of integrity and who will be truthful with the people of Connecticut. My record of fighting for the taxpayers is clear. I am offering real leadership and a plan to fix the state budget. Tom Foley has no plan. He refuses to engage in debates. He doesn’t deserve the opportunity to lead our Party against Dan Malloy this fall.”

McKinney said 19 general fund budget or budget-related tax bills have come up for a vote during his 16 years in the Senate.

“Of those bills, 4 made no tax changes, 5 were bills that cut taxes and 10 were bills that increased taxes. I voted for 4 of the 5 bills that cut taxes. And I voted against tax increases 9 of 10 times,” he said.

The one time he voted for a budget that included a general fund tax increase? That was in 2007 when the cigarette tax rose from $1.51 to $2.00 per pack, McKinney said.

The same year, McKinney also voted for a bill that authorized $500 million in Special Transportation Obligation bonds for the purchase of 342 new rail cars, plus transit buses, a dial-a-ride program for the elderly and disabled, renovations to the state pier in New London and several municipal airports.

“In order to pay for this infrastructure investment the legislature agreed to a phased-in increase in the Petroleum Gross Receipts Tax from 5.0% in 2005 to 8.1% in 2013,” McKinney said.

“Why Tom Foley is opposed to this vital investment in the infrastructure of the transportation systems in our state is beyond me,” McKinney added.