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Bill Clinton Will Speak Tuesday At New Haven Fundraiser

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Chris Murphy, Gov. Dannel Malloy, Joe Visconti, Richard Blumenthal, Tom Foley Date:

Former President Bill Clinton will headline a fundraiser Tuesday in New Haven for the state Democratic Party in an effort to help Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as he seeks reelection this fall.

Clinton’s visit to the Omni Hotel in New Haven at 11:30 a.m. was confirmed by Malloy’s campaign and announced by the Democratic Party. The Omni, which employs union workers, is a favorite gathering spot among Democrats.

Since Malloy is participating in public financing in the governor’s race, Clinton will be raising money for the Democratic Party instead of directly for the campaign’s account. Tickets cost $50 per person.

Members of the Connecticut Congressional delegation are expected to attend the fundraiser, and the invitation features U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy. Blumenthal is a longtime friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton as they are all graduates of Yale Law School in New Haven. Continue reading

Malloy, Foley Square Off in First Debate

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Gov. Dannel Malloy, Gun control, New Haven, Republicans, taxes, Tom Foley Date:

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican business executive Tom Foley squared off Wednesday night in their first debate in 2014 with some lively exchanges.

The first question by moderator Ray Hackett involved whether the candidates believe the other was untruthful or unethical.

“The governor is the single most important person having an impact on people’s lives in Connecticut,” Foley responded. “I’ve talked about Malloy Math” on statistics offered by Malloy.

The numbers cited by Malloy on various occasions show “a lack of truthfulness that discredits a leader,” Foley said.

“I don’t recall the governor saying I didn’t tell the truth,” Foley said.

Malloy responded that there were only three people on the stage, and “only one of us has violated the law in Connecticut related to elections.”

“I don’t think you told the truth about Bibb,” Malloy said to Foley regarding the now well-known company that Foley operated and that has been the subject of numerous television commercials.

On the second question on crime, Malloy cited statewide statistics.

“Crime is down – 45-year low,” Malloy said. “I’m proud of that. I’m proud of making cities safer. … It’s not a matter of convenience or inconvenience. It’s a matter of public safety.”

But Foley countered, “In fact, I don’t think we are safer based on the bill that he passed.” He was referring to Malloy’s signature on a gun-control bill that was passed in 2013.

After Foley said that they had talked about guns, Malloy responded, “Tom and I haven’t had a conversation about this issue, ever” on guns.

“To say I’m not telling the truth is ridiculous,” Foley responded, saying that he essentially talks to Malloy through the press and does not have to speak face to face to get his points across on specific issues.

“If a repeal comes to me, I will never sign a repeal,” Malloy said of the gun-control law, adding that it has “led to lower crime.”

“First of all, governor, this is where you’re twisting the truth again,” Foley said, referring to what Foley had said about a potential repeal of the gun-control bill. “You’re twisting the truth again.”

“You should tell us about all of the litmus tests that you would have,” Malloy said. “That answer that you just gave? That was a career politician answer you gave.”

Concerning crime, Foley said, “Violent crime rates have gone down all over the country. … For the governor to go around saying that crime is low insults those communities” in the state’s largest cities.

“The governor says everything is fine with crime. I don’t agree,” Foley said, adding that three Connecticut cities rank in the top six nationally for the most crime.

“I don’t say everything is fine with crime,” Malloy responded. “It’s never dropping fast enough.” Continue reading

Breaking: Foley Unveils His Plan For CT On Economy, Taxes, Jobs, Schools, Ethics

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Gov. Dannel Malloy, Joe Visconti, Tom Foley Date:

Just hours before the first gubernatorial debate, Republican Tom Foley unveiled his plans for Connecticut on Wednesday – with a focus on improving the economy, creating jobs, fixing low-performing public schools, controlling state spending, lowering taxes, and improving ethics at the state Capitol.

Foley has been criticized consistently by Democrats for being vague on various issues, but he released a 10-page plan Wednesday.

Foley and incumbent Gov. Dannel P. Malloy are locked in a dead heat in the fall election, according to various polls, in a rematch of their 2010 contest that was the closest gubernatorial election in Connecticut in more than 50 years.

A longtime business executive, Foley focused on jobs near the beginning of his five-point plan.

“Connecticut’s unemployment rate remains unacceptably high at 6.6 percent, significantly higher than the national average,” he wrote. “The nation has recovered 105 percent of non-farm jobs lost during the recession, but Connecticut has only recovered 64 percent of non-farm jobs – one of the worst job recovery rates in the nation. Connecticut’s economy has grown only 3 percent since the depths of the recession – the lowest growth rate in New England – while our next door neighbor Massachusetts has grown 11 percent.”

Later, those points came up again Wednesday night during the debate between Foley and Malloy on a wide variety of subjects. Foley said that Connecticut’s economy has grown by only 1 percent overall since Malloy became governor – not 1 percent per year.

“Governor, this is not working,” Foley said while seated on the stage at Norwich Free Academy. “Massachusetts, our neighbor, has had growth of 11 percent since the bottom of the recession. … You are hurting the citizens of our state with your policies.’’

“The reality is we’ve created 60,000 private sector jobs since Nancy [Wyman] and I took over,” Malloy responded. “I understand that what you have to do is make everybody feel as bad as they can.”

Under his plan, Foley said that the five points “that matter most” are restoring the economy, gaining control over the cost of state government, reforming the tax code, improving the schools, and “changing the way business is done’’ in Hartford.

But Mark Bergman, a spokesman for Malloy’s campaign, said he would not use the word “plan’’ for the concepts that Foley released Wednesday.

“The fact is this is nine pages of talking points he has used for the last year slapped together and called a ‘plan’ without a single, specific spending cut to pay for any of what he promised. Not one,’’ Bergman said. “We have seen this game plan before 20 years ago with John Rowland, and Connecticut has seen how that worked out. Tom Foley would take Connecticut’s progress over the last four years and shift it directly into reverse.’’ Continue reading

CT-N Will Broadcast Malloy-Foley Debate Live From Norwich

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Gov. Dannel Malloy, Joe Visconti, Tom Foley Date:

In a last-minute change of plans, the CT-N public affairs network says it will broadcast the first gubernatorial debate live tonight.

On its website, CT-N says its plan is to broadcast the debate at 7 p.m. from Norwich Free Academy.

The debate is a one-on-one matchup between incumbent Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Republican business executive Tom Foley of Greenwich. Conservative Republican Joseph Visconti has qualified for the ballot, but he will not be participating in the debate as the participants were decided in advance by The Norwich Bulletin before Visconti qualified.

Dem Mayor Implies Foley Sold His “Soul to the Devil”

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Gov. Dannel Malloy, Gun control, Tom Foley Date:

As part of their continued quest to portray Republican gubernatorial nominee Tom Foley as an enemy of gun control, Connecticut Democrats arranged a conference call Tuesday to allow Democratic mayors and first selectmen to speak out.

Throughout the half-hour call, speakers praised Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as “courageous” for his willingness to take on gun rights groups after the 2012 Newtown school shootings. By contrast, they criticized Foley, who they say would repeal the state’s sweeping new gun control law.

“It’s unconscionable to me that Tom Foley would sell his soul to the devil,” East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc said.

Leclerc and others on the call criticized Foley for his alliance with the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, a statewide fun owners group. She cited news reports that the CCDL would endorse Foley because he supports repealing the gun laws.

“If he’s making these type of promises, I can’t imagine what kind of promises he’d make [if] he has the keys to the governor’s mansion,” Leclerc said. “For Tom Foley to say he would veto the gun law….[that] should make every single person think about what else he would do.”

Chris Cooper, a spokesman for the Foley campaign, said the Democrats’ relentless focus on the gun issue is a an attempt to change the subject from Malloy’s economic record.

“This is another distraction by desperate Dan Malloy who does not want to talk about his record of Connecticut’s largest tax increase, unusually slow job growth and budget gimmicks. Tom Foley has never said he would seek to repeal the gun bill,” Cooper said.

Foley has not advocated for repeal of the gun bill. However, when asked about it at a

CCDL meeting in January, Foley said: “If the legislature was so inclined — the chances of that happening this year is probably the definition of zero — if I were governor and the legislature put in front of me legislation that would reduce the burden on law-abiding gun owners, I would sign it.”

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Transportation Spending By Governors O’Neill, Rell, Malloy

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

WETHERSFIELD – For the past three decades, Connecticut governors have touted the amount of money they have spent on transportation.

After the Mianus River Bridge collapsed and killed three motorists on Interstate 95 in Cos Cob in 1983, Gov. William A. O’Neill and the legislature passed the largest transportation spending package in state history as officials scrambled to ensure that the roads and bridges were safe. O’Neill’s $1 billion program would be the equivalent today – more than three decades later – of more than $6 billion, according to state officials.

More than two decades later, Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell unveiled a seven-year plan that she called the largest transportation package in more than 20 years with the purchase of 342 new state-of-the-art Metro-North Commuter Railroad cars and a $300 million repair facility in New Haven. The $1.3 billion package was later approved by the legislature.

Not to be outdone, then-House Speaker James Amann announced a 10-year, $6.2 billion plan in February 2006 that was even bigger than Rell’s, saying that would be the largest in state history. He did not announce any funding details at the time, and the full plan was not approved.

On Monday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy traveled to Wethersfield, near the Rocky Hill border, to tout transportation spending during his administration.

“We’re spending more general fund money and more state bonded money on transportation than any other administration,” Malloy told reporters and state DOT officials near the Old Main Street Bridge over the Goff Brook. “You can slice this and dice this on an accounting basis – which funds go where – but when everything is said and done, we’re spending more than any other administration. And we’ve spent more than any of those transfers [from the Special Transportation Fund] would otherwise indicate if there are transfers back and forth for accounting purposes. But on a net basis and on a gross basis, we’re spending more money of ours, of state money, that we raised.” Continue reading

Foley On Biden’s Visit

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Tom Foley Date:

Vice President Joe Biden in Connecticut to raise money and boost Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy’s reelection campaign, his Republican rival said he doesn’t think visits from high-profile surrogates will play a role in the governor’s race.

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“Listen I think that people are either with Gov. Malloy and they think he’s doing a good job or they think he’s had his chance and things haven’t worked out very well and they’re going to vote for me,” Tom Foley told reporters in Watertown Tuesday night.

“And I don’t think people are going to be swayed [by] other politicians, even prominent politicians, who come in from out of state,” Foley said.

“A governor’s race is kind of a unique race. A Senate race, a congressional race, if a president comes in or a vice president comes in and says, ‘I need your vote to help me run the federal government’ that’s a very different arguement from somebody coming in and saying, ‘We need a Democrat governor in Connecticut.’

“So I don’t really think it will mean a whole lot in the outcome of the race,” Foley added.

 

A Battle is Brewing for Independent Party Nomination

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Jonathan Pelto, Tom Foley Date:

A potentially bitter battle is brewing for the right to run for governor on the Independent Party line.

Republican nominee Tom Foley and Trinity professor John Mertens, a newcomer to the race, are likely to seek the party’s endorsement, said Mike Telesca of Waterbury, chairman of one the factions of the Independent Party. The nominee will be decided Tuesday night at a caucus in Watertown.

“I’m not sure who is going to win the caucus,” Telesca said. “I just want to make sure there’s a fair process.”

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The backing of the third party is important to Foley because having his name on a second line on the November ballot could strengthen his position against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, whose own name will appear twice, under the Democratic and Working Families lines.

A cross-endorsement from the Independent Party could also give Foley a boost among unaffiliated voters and some Democrats, who may feel more comfortable voting for him on the Independent line than the Republican one.

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Mertens ran for U.S. Senate in 2010 on the Connecticut for Lieberman line. He is a member of the Independent Party and he has tapped another party official as his running mate.

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New McKinney Attack Ad Slams Foley’s Sprague Mill Appearance

by Categorized: John McKinney, Tom Foley Date:

Less than a week before Tuesday’s primary, Republican gubernatorial hopeful John McKinney unveiled a harsh new attack ad that portrays his GOP rival Tom Foley as a hard-hearted businessman who doesn’t care about the plight of factory workers.

The 30-second spot includes footage of Foley’s visit last week to a mill in Sprague, where more than 100 workers are losing their jobs. Newspaper editorials describing Foley as “arrogant” and “uncaring” are highlighted.

The ad underscores one of McKinney’s main campaign themes: that he is more electable than Foley and would do better in a head to head match up against Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.  The ad points out that Foley failed to defeat Malloy in 2010.

McKinney’s late attack on Foley, the party-endorsed candidate and putative frontrunner, echoes that attack by Foley’s 2010 Republican primary opponent Michael Fedele. The script drafted by Fedele that painted Foley as an out-of-touch businessman who did not care about workers was later seized by Malloy and the Democrats in the general election.

On Thursday, after releasing the ad, the McKinney campaign issued a statement suggesting that the Democrats would hit Foley even harder on his mill appearance.

“The media’s characterization of Mr. Foley’s appearance in Sprague which we have highlighted in our new ad, is mild compared to what Democrats will do with this unfortunate episode, and others, in the fall if Mr. Foley were to be our nominee,” McKinney said. “Republicans cannot afford to nominate a candidate who divides us with talk of failure. A true leader would have offered hope for displaced workers with a clear plan for assisting them and explained exactly how he would have handled the situation differently. I have done just that from start to finish.”

Foley has been waging a cautious and confident campaign; earlier this week, he told the Courant’s Matt Clarida that the only way he would lose the primary was if he were to get hit by a bus.

McKinney, who has been crisscrossing the state for weeks in an underdog quest to capture votes, accused his rival of running a campaign short on specifics and long on brash assurance.

“Tom Foley appears to think he is entitled to this election,” McKinney said. “He offers no specifics, refuses to answer questions about his positions on issues and challenges reporters and citizens who confront this lack of detail. I don’t believe that this will help us defeat Dan Malloy. And the momentum of our campaign makes me believe that many others agree.”

McKinney Stumps In Greenwich On One Of Worst Traffic Days In Years

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

GREENWICH — Senate Republican leader John McKinney had no idea that Thursday would be among the worst traffic days in Greenwich in recent years.

Traffic is often bad in lower Fairfield County, but a tragic accident that killed a Connecticut Army National Guard soldier caused a traffic jam on Interstate 95 South from Darien to Westchester County, N.Y. that spilled over into local streets.

That caused McKinney, who is running for governor in Tuesday’s Republican primary against business executive Tom Foley, to be 1 hour and 15 minutes late for his campaign appearance at the Greenwich Senior Center. Some seniors had already left by the time he arrived, but others greeted him with a warm welcome.

“I’m so sorry,’’ McKinney said as he greeted the center’s program director, Suzanne Testani, near the front door. “Oh, the traffic was horrible, and I actually know the back roads, too.’’

As he worked the room, McKinney went from table to table and expressed his regrets for his lateness. Many of the seniors were playing cards at tables in groups of two, four or six.

When an elderly man asked him how he was doing, McKinney responded, “I’m doing well. I’m not in traffic any more.’’

McKinney then approached a table of four women who were serious card players with about six decks of cards on the table.

“I’m smart enough not to interrupt this game,’’ McKinney said by way of introduction before asking who was winning. He then chatted with the foursome about card games played by his family members before mentioning why he had traveled to the center along Greenwich’s main shopping street.

“You may have remembered my dad, Stewart McKinney,’’ he said of the former Congressman who represented Greenwich and other communities in lower Fairfield County until his death in 1987. “I am running for governor. There are two of us left, down from six.’’

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Avon attorney Martha Dean, Shelton mayor Mark Lauretti and former West Hartford town council member Joseph Visconti are no longer running in the Republican primary. Visconti has finished gathering signatures in an attempt to get on the ballot in November.

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