Supporters of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy are wasting no time linking expected Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley with failed Republican presidential Mitt Romney.
The state Democratic party issued a press release Friday night attacking Foley, but the five-paragraph release mentioned Romney almost as much.
“Tom Foley just doesn’t get it,” said Nancy DiNardo, state Democratic chairwoman. “Like Mitt Romney, he doesn’t understand the challenges that average hardworking people face.
“He is just another out-of-touch vulture capitalist who sees the average resident as something less. It’s a toxic world view that the voters of this country rejected just a few weeks ago. And if ambassador Foley runs again, he’ll find out exactly what the voters of Connecticut think of his economic philosophy.”
DiNardo’s comments came in response to an interview Foley gave to WTNH political reporter Mark Davis.
Foley, who lost the governor’s race to Malloy in 2010, criticized the governor for raising taxes and failing to significantly cut spending. Now, Foley says, Malloy is slashing social services.
“Now they’re hurting the little people in the state; Alzheimer’s funding, the children’s fund, the disabled, vets. They’re stepping on the brake and hitting the accelerator at the same time,” Foley told Davis.
Democrats say those words suggest an elitism that smacks of Romney’s 47 percent comment.
“Tom Foley today has shown that he is cut from the same cloth as the failed presidential candidate,” the release states. “Today, gubernatorial candidate Foley referred to average Connecticut residents – including military veterans – as ‘little people.”’
Earlier today, Malloy strategist Roy Occhiogrosso tweeted this photo: