State Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo issued another blast at Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tom Foley Monday, reiterating her Oct. 21 call for him to obtain and release all records of his 1981 arrest in a Long Island traffic incident at age 29. This time DiNardo intensified her rhetoric.
“The people of Connecticut deserve to know why Tom Foley’s violent road rage attack on five people was not prosecuted,” DiNardo said in a statement emailed to news organizations.
She based her statement on an Oct. 15 Courant story saying that 32-year-old police reports — obtained in recent months by The Courant — contradict Foley’s 2010 account of the 1981 collision; Foley said then that he bumped another car from behind at low speed in traffic, and he says he stands by that account now, after the recent Courant story.
DiNardo continued: “Did Tom Foley make a deal for his road rage attack not to be prosecuted? Was there a financial settlement reached with the victims in exchange for not pursuing charges? Was there some other offer made to the victims of the attack in exchange for not pursuing the charges? Did the prosecuting office reach a deal with Foley and if so what were the terms? Tom Foley needs to address what really happened that night, and why after spending a night in jail for a felony arrest his case was not prosecuted. What is Tom Foley trying to hide from Connecticut?”
Foley has said he considers the matter closed. He said that he had a lawyer try to obtain copies of the reports in 2010, when the issue first arose during his unsuccessful campaign for governor, and was told none existed, He said he does not plan to seek the records again now.
On Monday, a spokesman for Foley did not return a phone call seeking comment on DiNardo’s statement.
DiNardo also said Monday: “The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Service has publicly stated that Mr. Foley has the right to all law enforcement records regarding his felony charge. Tom Foley previously stated that his attorney, whom he would not name, requested the records regarding this felony arrest, but was told no records existed. Mr. Foley has not provided proof of this assertion or explained why, as the accused, he could not obtain his own records despite a newspaper being able to obtain them.”