During the taping of Dennis House’s Face The State Thursday evening, former ambassador and businessman Tom Foley sounded as if he had not missed a beat since his razor-thin loss to Dannel Malloy in 201o.
Foley, dismissing Republican competition, told House that if the GOP comes up with a better message for cities it could make the difference in 2014. Foley lost to Malloy by less than 7,000 votes in a race where he won much of the state — but was swamped in the state’s cities.
Foley, now a father of toddler twins and still an affable Greenwich resident, said he would have solved the state’s $3 billion budget hole in 2011 by streamlining healthcare costs for state employees (isn’t that what Malloy was trying to do?) and not raising taxes. He said he was surprised the Mitt Romney lost to President Obama, but agreed that the Republican party “is having a hard time appealing to voters in the northeastern cities.”
“I hate to see the state suffering the way it is,” he said, predicting that Connecticut could be looking at permanent damage from its stagnating economy. Malloy, he said, “has gotten trapped inside the bubble in Hartford.”