Category Archives: Tom Foley

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.

Busway Construction Causes Shutdown Near State Capitol For Weekend

by Categorized: 2014 Election, General Assembly, Gov. Dannel Malloy, Hartford, Tom Foley Date:

The construction of the new busway will cause an exit to be closed this weekend near the state Capitol.

The eastbound off-ramp on Interstate 84 will be shut down at exit 48A for the entire weekend, according to state officials.

The closure is scheduled to begin at about 10 p.m. Friday, and motorists will be directed to take a detour to the adjacent Capitol Avenue exit, which is heavily traveled on weekdays among those headed to the state Capitol and the adjacent Legislative Office Building.

The exit’s off-ramp is scheduled to be all clear by 5 a.m. Monday as commuters start heading back to the Capitol and nearby offices.

Backed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the busway has been heavily criticized by some lawmakers and Senate Republican leader John McKinney of Fairfield. The most recent criticism came during the Republican gubernatorial debate at The Hartford Courant, where McKinney referred to the project as the “busway to nowhere that nobody is going to use.” Continue reading

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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Gun Control Activists Will Protest Gov. Christie Visit to Connecticut

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Chris Christie, Gun control, Tom Foley Date:

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.”

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.

 

 

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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With a Month to Go, GOP Primary Campaign Picks Up Speed

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

The race for the Republican nomination for governor is kicking into high gear this weekend.

With about a month to go before the Aug. 12 primary, Tom Foley and John McKinney plans to attend Sailfest 2014 in New London, which draws tens of thousands of visitors to the coastal city.

McKinney and running mate David Walker will also march in the Enfield Independence Day parade, which steps off at 11 a.m. Saturday and is part of a huge weekend festival. On Sunday, McKinney and Walker will attend another big event: the Puerto Rican parade and festival in Bridgeport.

UPDATE: Tom Foley will also attend the Enfield parade. His campaign had initially said he was attending Sailfest but plans changed this morning and Foley is going to Enfield instead.

Some observers have noted that Foley, who won the endorsement at the Republican party convention in May,  is eschewing the rough and tumble of the campaign trail, avoiding most debates and steering clear of other unscripted events.

Foley campaign spokesman Chris Cooper rejects the idea that the candidate is employing a “Rose Garden” strategy.

“It’s a ridiculous assertion,” Cooper said. “He’s been meeting with people for well over a year on a regular basis…he’s attended all of the [Republican town committee] forums and debates leading up to the convention. He’s been going around interviewing people and even recording them. He’s been doing urban outreach events…he was in a workshop with parents about how to improve their schools…he’s been meeting editorial boards.”

Cooper added: “Tom is meeting and talking to people every day and he’s also doing everything it takes to build a campaign organization.”

As far as McKinney’s approach, spokeswoman Jodi Latina said the candidate will be out and about as much as possible.

“Every weekend is important to us and we’re going to be out there as much as we can be..meeting with the people and listening to what their concerns are,” Latina said. “We want them to know that there’s a clear choice on Aug. 12.”

 

CT GOP Facebook Page Hearts Tom Foley

by Categorized: John McKinney, Republicans, Tom Foley, Uncategorized Date:
State Republican party Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. has officially remained neutral in the GOP gubernatorial race–at least so far–and the party has not spent money in support of any particular candidate.
But social media gives a strong hint as to where the party’s allegiances lie.
The Connecticut Republican Party’s Facebook page is larded with photos of Tom Foley, who won the endorsement at the party convention in May.
A shot of Foley marching in the Madison Independence Day parade is the cover photo. The party also posted a link to Foley’s new TV ad.
You have to scroll down pretty far to find a photo of John McKinney, Foley’s primary opponent but eventually, you will find a picture of him and other party dignitaries at the Chairman’s Dinner. It was taken on Oct. 12, 2012.
Labriola said the party will coalesce around the winner of the primary. But he also said the GOP, which lags behind the Democrats in terms of both organization and funding, cannot wait until Aug. 13 to gear up for the general election.
“We’re committed to building out our campaign infrastructure and ground game with an eye toward the November general election,” Labriola said.
“We don’t have the luxury of waiting until August to begin this effort,” he added. “The one thing about political campaigns is that the calender shows no mercy. The product of our efforts will benefit whoever our eventual nominees will be.”