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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.

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.”

 

“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”

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

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.

 

McKinney/Walker Not Attending Christie Event

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

Some supporters of Republican gubernatorial candidate John McKinney are grumbling because their candidate was not invited to attend a campaign stop and fundraiser with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie this afternoon.

Christie, a Republican with presidential aspirations, is coming to Greenwich to attend two separate fundraisers for the Republican Governors Association and the Connecticut Republican party.

Christie will appear with McKinney’s rival, Tom Foley, at both fundraisers. The two men will also make a retail campaign stop in Greenwich. Sources said Foley was instrumental in organizing the fundraisers, securing Christie’s participation and finding a location for the events.

McKinney’s running mate, former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker was also not invited to the fundraisers.

Over the weekend, McKinney was highly critical of the state’s party’s role in the race, telling Susan Haigh of the Associated Press that party leadership is actively helping Foley. The Republican gubernatorial nominee will be decided by a primary on Aug. 12.

Connecticut Republican Chairman Jerry Labiola Jr. said only candidates who won the party’s endorsement at the state convention in May were invited to the fundraisers.

“The purpose of Gov. Christie’s visit is straightforward–to raise money to defeat Dan Malloy so that we can pull Connecticut’s economy out of last place.”

While Foley hob-nobs with Christie, McKinney and Walker will be in Southington attending a Republican Town Committee barbecue. They are also scheduled to travel to Danbury to attend an RTC meeting there.

Republicans Don’t Like Malloy Spending – Except Sometimes

by Categorized: Gov. Dannel Malloy, John McKinney, Republicans, Tom Foley Tagged: Date:

Gov. Dannel Malloy is constantly getting hammered by Republicans for being one of those free-spending Democrats who try to bolster their reelection chances by handing out all kinds of taxpayer dollars for local projects.

Of course, there can be exceptions. Take, for example, the cool $1.5 million state grant that just happens to be going to a public golf course in the district of state House GOP Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr.

House Republican Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr.

House Republican Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr.

The money for improvements to the  Oak Hills Park golf course in Cafero’s home base of Norwalk is expected to be approved next week by the state Bond Commission. Malloy, who is facing a tough fight to win reelection to a second term this year, is chairman of the bond panel and decides what projects get to be voted on by that august body.

Cafero, like Republican gubernatorial candidates Tom Foley and John McKinney, has often blasted Malloy for his free-spending ways. On the other hand, Cafero has essentially given up his own ambitions to sit in the governor’s chair and is retiring from the legislature after this year.

This time around, Cafero is thanking the Democratic governor and calling the decision on the Oak Hills Park course “welcome news.”

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McKinney, Foley Spar at Courant-Fox CT Debate

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

By Matthew Q. Clarida

The gloves came off as John McKinney and Tom Foley, two Republican hopefuls for governor, squared off on the economy, spending, and Common Core in a debate Thursday.

The hourlong forum was held at the Courant’s offices and moderated by the paper’s Christopher P. Keating and Laurie Perez of Fox CT.

McKinney, a state senator from Fairfield and the Republican leader in the senate, was aggressive from the start, attacking Foley for a spending plan McKinney claimed would offer little change from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s. Foley pledged to hold spending flat, while McKinney has consistently proposed cuts.

“We need to be honest with the people of the state of Connecticut: I have the only plan to reduce spending, in real dollars, in the state of Connecticut,” McKinney said.

McKinney stayed on the offensive when asked about his tax plan. Like Foley, he said that he would cut taxes, but he attacked his opponent for a recent advertisement which said that McKinney has voted with Malloy to raise taxes.

“[Foley] is running as an outsider but his commercial is like that of a typical politician, distorting the facts,” McKinney said.

Foley continued his charge that McKinney, who has served in the state Senate since 1999, is part of a dysfunctional insider’s club in Hartford.

“John McKinney has been in the legislature for 15 years. He’s part of the problem,” Foley said.

 

 

McKinney Receives Public Financing For Gubernatorial Campaign

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

As expected, the State Elections Enforcement Commission on Wednesday approved Republican candidate for governor John McKinney’s application to participate in Connecticut’s public campaign financing program.

“Our campaign has gained significant momentum over the last two weeks,” said McKinney, the Republican leader in the state Senate. “Today’s good news will allow us to continue making a case for real change.”

Approval of McKinney’s application comes as the Republican gubernatorial contest enters a more contentious phase in the waning days before the Aug. 12 primary. McKinney’s rival, Greenwich businessman Tom Foley, released a new attack ad targeting both McKinney and Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who is seeking a second term.

“It’s not lost on us that Mr. Foley has decided to launch his first attack ad on the day of our approval,” McKinney said. “We look forward to a competitive primary race.”

The two Republicans will face one another in a debate at noon Thursday at the Hartford Courant. The event is not open to the public but it will be streamed live on www.courant.com and www.foxct.com. It will also be broadcast on Sunday at 10 a.m. on Fox CT.

McKinney and his running mate, former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker, are set to receive $1.35 million in public money for the Republican primary. In order to qualify, the two candidates raised a total of $250,000 in contribution $100 or less.

“He’ll get the money within two days,’’ attorney Joshua Foley, a spokesman for the State Elections Enforcement Commission, said.

McKinney had announced last week that he would be receiving public financing, but the formal approval did not come until Wednesday.

In addition, 14 of 24 candidates received authorization from the commission to receive public financing for their campaigns.

 

Dems File 2nd Complaint Against Foley

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

State Democrats have filed their second complaint in two weeks against Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley regarding the filing of campaign expenses.

The Democrats charge that Foley has not disclosed the expenses to create a television commercial that is currently on the air on multiple stations across the state. The Democrats say that “no payments or obligations regarding advertisement production costs have been disclosed in Mr. Foley’s most recent filings” on July 10.

Those production costs to create the ad “typically run in the tens of thousands of dollars,” the party said.

In the same manner that the Foley campaign rejected the first Democratic complaint made to the State Elections Enforcement Commission, Foley campaign spokesman Christopher Cooper said, “This is another attempt by Governor Malloy and his surrogates to distract attention from his failed leadership and his terrible record as governor.”

He added, “The Foley campaign has been working with the SEEC on nearly everything we do, and we are confident that we are in compliance with all SEEC procedures.”

Citing state law, a spokesman for the SEEC, attorney Joshua Foley, said the commission cannot confirm or deny whether it received a complaint and also could not comment on the details.

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Hard-Hitting McKinney Ad Takes Aim at Malloy and Foley

by Categorized: 2014 Election, John McKinney Date:

Republican candidate for governor John McKinney’s first TV ad of the 2014 cycle is 30-second blast that criticizes both Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Tom Foley, McKinney’s Republican opponent.

“Dan Malloy raised taxes, increased spending and now Connecticut is broke,” McKinney says. “Tom Foley says he won’t cut spending…that’s not going to fix the problem.”

McKinney, the Republican leader in the state Senate, said he “led the fight against Malloy’s policies and I voted to cut spending and taxes.”

Foley won the Republican party endorsement at its convention in May but McKinney won enough support to qualify for the Aug. 12 primary.

Still, McKinney has persistently lagged behind Foley, the GOP’s 2010 nominee, is public polls. A May survey by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute put McKinney 31 percentage points behind Foley among registered Republicans. Moreover, 71 percent of all voters said they hadn’t heard enough about McKinney to form an opinion.

McKinney’s ad, which begins running Tuesday, is a sharp contrast to the warm and fuzzy tone of Foley’s first TV ad. That spot, which started airing earlier this month, depicts Foley as a suburban Everyman, playing with his young twins on the lawn and fixing a car with his oldest son.

The Malloy campaign also released its first ad today. You can watch that here.