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.
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.
“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.’’
When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie comes to Connecticut Monday, he will be met by protesters supporting tougher gun control measures.
Christie incurred the anger of gun control advocates last month, when he vetoed a bill that would have limited high capacity magazines to no more than ten rounds. He also refused to meet with families who lost loved ones in the Newtown school shootings.
Christie, a Republican, is coming to Connecticut to attend a fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley of Greenwich. The fundraiser will be held in the exclusive Belle Haven neighborhood of Greenwich.
CT Against Gun Violence is organizing a coalition of groups to participate in the demonstration. The group sent out an email blast to supporters asking them to attend the protest.
“Foley is no friend of common-sense gun laws, having stated ‘If I’m governor, any further attempts and restrictions on law-abiding gun owners by our legislature will stop at the governor’s office,”’ the email stated. “Our response is to be there with as large a group as possible to let them know what the Connecticut Effect looks like.”