A think tank founded by Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley offered multiple solutions Friday in a detailed report that tacked the urban problems of jobs, crime, housing, and public education.
The Connecticut Policy Institute issued the report that called for expanding the use of urban enterprise zones to attract businesses, upgrading either Sikorsky or Tweed New Haven airports to create jobs in the cities, and requiring a reading exam before third-graders can be promoted to the fourth grade.
Foley attended the nearly one-hour presentation at the state Capitol complex, but the institute’s executive director, Yale Law School graduate Ben Zimmer, said that Foley had nothing to do with the writing of the 100-page report.
James Hallinan, a spokesman for the state Democratic Party, declined to comment on any of the solutions mentioned in the report, saying that he had not had time to read it.
“This is purely political, and I think he made that clear,” said Hallinan, who attended the press conference.
Foley’s spokesman, Christopher Cooper, responded, “I don’t think James Hallinan knows a policy from a petunia, but he does know propaganda, and you all heard that today.” Continue reading
Former Ambassador Tom Foley leads the large Republican field running for governor and is essentially tied with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.
In a hypothetical head-to-head match, Foley and Malloy each received 42 percent of the vote, the poll found.
“Haven’t we seen this movie before? A potential rematch of Gov. Dannel Malloy vs Tom Foley couldn’t get any closer,” said Q poll Director Douglas Schwartz said in a press release accompanying the results.
Foley, the GOP’s 2010 nominee, captures 36 percent of the Republican vote, the poll found. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is next, with 11 percent. No other Republican candidate tops 6 percent. But there is room for movement: the poll found about a third of the Republican electorate remains undecided.
Malloy, who is nearing the end of his first term, has yet to formally announce whether he will seek reelection in November. But most observers expect he will run.
Voters are sharply divided on his performance as governor: 48 percent approve of the job he is doing while 45 percent disapprove, according to the poll.
In a head to head match up between Foley and Malloy, the poll found that once again, there is a significant gender gap, with women backing the Democrat, 45 to 37 percent, while men chose Foley, 48 to 37 percent.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley’s comments Tuesday morning blaming the Sikorsky layoffs on Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s “anti-business policy agenda” prompted a rebuke from the spokesman for the state Democratic party.
“Funny that Tom Foley should be worrying about job losses now. Foley made millions of dollars from cutting thousands of jobs and bankrupting Bibb Co.,” James Hallinan, the party spokesman, said. (He was referring to this.)
Hallinan continued: “Tom Foley’s Republican colleagues and their failed economic policies drove Connecticut’s economy into a ditch and handed Governor Malloy a $3.6 billion deficit– the highest in the nation– when he took office. Governor Malloy’s work to reverse the havoc Republicans wreaked on Connecticut for 20 years has led to 40,000 new private sector jobs, hundreds of millions of dollars in surpluses, millions of dollars going back into the Rainy Day Fund, and an $11 billion reduction in long-term debt. There’s more work to be done, but Governor Malloy is moving Connecticut in the right direction. Tom Foley wants to return to the failed policies of the past– it’s that simple.”
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s message is that the economy is improving, but one of the Republicans who wants his job says a new round of layoffs at Sikorsky prove otherwise.
“The loss of up to 600 Sikorsky jobs in Connecticut is another example of Connecticut’s anti-business policy agenda driving good manufacturing jobs out of state,” Foley said in a statement Tuesday morning. “Governor Malloy’s paying huge sums in corporate welfare to stanch the exodus of jobs from the governor’s anti-business policy agenda simply isn’t working. His high taxes, employer mandates, high energy costs, red tape, and unfriendly message to employers need to be reversed to stop the damage being done to the economy and working families.”
State Sen. John McKinney, a Republican running for governor, is calling for 10 debates between now and the state party convention in May.
“Connecticut Republicans deserve the opportunity to ask questions and hear first-hand from the candidates they will choose between for the Republican nomination,” McKinney said in a press release. “The nomination should not be decided by 30-second television ads, three sentence sound bites, and glossy oversized mail pieces. Rather, candidates need to state specifically where they stand on the important issues of the day. This election is too important.”
McKinney is calling for “a series of issue-oriented debates…to highlight the strengths of the candidates on our side of the aisle [and] also put the Republican message on a more level playing field with a governor who is leveraging, if not exploiting, all the powers of incumbency to campaign for reelection across the state.”
McKinney, who is the Republican leader in the state Senate, is one of at least five candidates seeking the GOP nomination. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, former West Hartford council member Joe Visconti, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti and former ambassador Tom Foley have all announced they are running. Also considering a run is state Sen. Toni Boucher of Wilton is also weighing a run.
Minutes after McKinney’s announcement, Boughton tweeted his response to McKinney’s challenge:
The money quote from last night’s GOP debate comes from Joe Visconti, who, with these comments, showed why he will struggle to attract mainstream support:
Visconti said if he had been at Sandy Hook Elementary School, “the outcome would have been much different.”
Later in the debate he said he would not give more money to the state police until they stopped “confiscating guns.”
Read Jenny Wilson’s full account.
When the state Republican Party decided last year to hold their convention at the Mohegan Sun, they did it because their costs were cut nearly in half from their last convention in Hartford.
They picked the dates of Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17.
But they had no idea that they would be in the same building with Bruce Springsteen, one of the most popular rockers of all time. It was just announced Monday that Springsteen will be playing at the Mohegan Sun Arena on two consecutive nights – May 17 and 18.
It looks like it will be a pretty busy weekend in Uncasville as the hotel is booking up very fast with politicians and Springsteen fans.
The GOP will be bringing 1,250 to 1,300 delegates for the annual convention to pick candidates for governor and multiple statewide races. When guests, candidates, and the press are all added in, the crowd could be as many as 2,000 people, said Jerry Labriola, the state party chairman. Continue reading
It’s not all about corruption, money and Connecticut going off a cliff. Republican Tom Foley is out with a new video that highlights the gentle side. Watch:
Saying he will reform city schools, attract jobs, lower taxes and make Connecticut more economically competitive, Republican Tom Foley jumped into the race for governor Wednesday afternoon. Foley lost to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy by less than 7,000 votes in 2010 and he promised a campaign that would grab support from the governor’s base in the large cities.
“Unlike Governor Malloy, I spent most of my career in business and I know what it takes to create jobs and I know how to persuade business owners to give Connecticut another chance.”
Foley also said that as governor, he will work to “restore trust and confidence in state government” and said citizens deserve a government that is “well-run, efficient, and honest and a government that represents ordinary citizens – not insiders or special interests.”
Among the proposals from Foley is an education reform plan that promises not to interfere in schools that are performing well — though he said he would introduce “a threshold reading test for advancement to fourth grade.” He also promised to hold discretionary spending flat for two years and to cut the sales tax by half a percent.
After dancing around the topic for months and refusing to answer questions about his plans, Republican Tom Foley told a radio DJ this morning that, what the heck, he’s running. There’s a press conference in Waterbury this afternoon.