Greenwich\’s Tom Foley To Formally Announce For Governor In Bridgeport Tuesday; Rematch With Gov. Malloy

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Republican Tom Foley, who has said repeatedly that he is running for governor, will make an announcement to open an exploratory committee for governor Tuesday in Bridgeport.

Foley, a business executive from Greenwich who spent more than $10 million of his own money in his first quest for governor in 2010, will make the announcement at a community center on Fairfield Avenue in Brideport\’s Black Rock section. Black Rock is a relatively strong area for Republicans in a city that votes overwhelmingly for Democrats.

Ever since losing to Malloy in 2010 in Connecticut\’s closest race for governor in more than 50 years, Foley has been talking about a rematch. He created a thinktank that he says is nonpartisan, but Malloy supporters say has been designed to help Foley\’s political ambitions.

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National Public Radio recently named Malloy among the nation’s “most vulnerable governors’’ in the 36 gubernatorial races in 2014.

The announcement will come on the same day when voters, insiders, and reporters will be distracted with primaries for mayor in New Haven, Stamford, Middletown, Torrington, East Haven, West Haven, Norwalk, Norwich, and other communities. In all, voters in 22 communities will be casting ballots – from Bethel to Bozrah.

In addition, voters in Foley\’s home base of lower Fairfield County will be distracted by the primaries in New York City involving high-profile figures including Anthony Weiner for mayor and Eliot Spitzer for comptroller.

In addition, President Barack Obama will be making a major speech to the nation on Tuesday night on Syria.

A longtime Democratic insider was stumped by the timing of an important announcement.

\”Foley\’s using bad judgment,\’\’ the insider said. \”If I was handling him, there\’s no way it would be tomorrow. The timing is bad.\’\’

Foley\’s announcement will be at 11 a.m. at the Burroughs Community Center at 2470 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport\’s far west end. The Black Rock location is near the former homes of U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays and former Bridgeport mayor Joe Ganim in the city\’s most upscale neighborhood.

Regarding fundraising, there is a deadline of September 30 for the quarter – as candidates try to show how much strength they have in the battle. Foley is expected to raise some funds as opposed to being a 100 percent self-funder in the campaign.

Malloy has not made any formal announcements yet for reelection. He would be eligible for about $6 million in public funding in the race.

Two other Republicans, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and state Sen. Toni Boucher, both have opened exploratory committees. Boucher has stressed that her committee is technically for an unspecified state office, and some insiders believe that Boucher will end up running for lieutenant governor. Senate Republican leader John McKinney has opened a formal committee for governor, saying he doesn\’t need to explore anything.

In 2010, Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele took longer than expected to qualify for public financing, which insiders say is much harder to do than many realize. Fedele finally went over the top when Boughton was allowed to combine his contributions with Fedele\’s to qualify. Foley fought the issue in court, delaying the awarding of the public money to Fedele. Since Fedele and Boughton were running as a ticket, they were allowed to combine resources.

The state Democratic Party had an immediate response to Foley.

“Mr. Foley has a lot of questions to answer,\’\’ said Jonathan Harris, a former state senator who is the party\’s executive director. \”Did he really think taking these people\’s jobs away and ruining their retirement security was the right thing to do, and the right way to make millions of dollars?

“After weeks of equivocating, did he really need to pander to the NRA by kind of, almost, maybe saying he would have vetoed the common sense gun safety bill Gov. Malloy signed into law?

“Does he really believe the people of Connecticut will allow him to buy an election?

“Does he still not think former Gov. Rowland did anything wrong?

“And what exactly has Mr. Foley been doing since he lost the 2010 race?  Spare us the ‘I started a think-tank’ nonsense. The Connecticut ‘Policy’ Institute\’s been nothing but a political front for Mr. Foley, who helped created it and fund it.  What has he actually been doing, other than playing politics and pandering to the NRA?

“Under Gov. Malloy\’s leadership, the private sector in Connecticut has created almost 50,000 jobs.  Landmark education reform is being implemented.  Thousands of people will soon for the first time be able to afford quality health insurance.  Government is smaller, leaner, and in many cases operating more efficiently and effectively.  And we went from having one of the worst budget deficits in the nation to having a surplus, and tens of millions of dollars have been put into the Rainy Day Fund for the first time in years.  As Gov. Malloy says all the time, we\’re not where we need to be yet, and we have a ways to go.  But we are clearly headed in the right direction.

“Mr. Foley, on the other hand, mouths the same old platitudes and espouses support for the same old, failed policies of the past that hurt Connecticut\’s middle class.  The policies that helped get us into the mess Gov. Malloy\’s been digging us out of.

“Mr. Foley has a lot of serious questions to answer and Connecticut deserves to hear them. Again.”

Elissa Voccola, executive director of the Connecticut Republican Party, said in response that “It looks like desperation is already setting in among the supporters of \”40 Percent\” Malloy – even before he has officially announced his re-election bid. It\’s no wonder that the Democrats are desperate to distract attention from Malloy\’s woeful handling of Connecticut\’s economy which is now — after three years of Malloy\’s \”leadership\” — dead last among the 50 states.\’\’

She added, \”Can you blame the Democrats from wanting to change the subject? Malloy\’s mismanagement and atrocious policy decisions are certainly not much to talk about.”

 

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29 thoughts on “Greenwich\’s Tom Foley To Formally Announce For Governor In Bridgeport Tuesday; Rematch With Gov. Malloy

  1. Ken Krayeske

    Under Foley’s leadership, the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad attempted to privatize public ownership of state-owned enterprises. The Hague Convention of 1899, article 55, holds that the occupying power operates under the principals of usufructuary and stewardship: “The occupying State shall only be regarded as administrator and usufructuary of the public buildings, real property, forests and agricultural works belonging to the hostile State, and situated in the occupied country. It must protect the capital of these properties, and administer it according to the rules of usufruct.” Foley’s job was to privatize.

    An important part of this upcoming gubernatorial campaign needs to focus on exactly what Foley did while in Iraq. The planet needs accountability for international war crimes. Before the United States can demand that Bashar Al-Assad or any other international actor is held to account for their transgressions, we need to examine those international transgressions of American origin.

    Foley’s candidacy needs to be examined through this lens of compliance with international law.

    1. Connecticut is circling the drain

      Here come the hit pieces, right on schedule. Can’t have a Republican in charge when liberals and Democrats are doing such a fine job blowing up this state.

        1. Steve (CT)

          Do you have a problem with people who are successful in business? Should we only elect people who have spent their life in gov’t work & have no idea what it takes to actually create value in products & services? People who have no idea the unnecessary complexities imposed upon them by an over intrusive gov’t?

      1. Kim

        gotta love the word ‘usufructuary’, though. Ken sounds like an intelligent guy, but I would pay more attention to him if he were more even-handed in his expectations and his politics. His blatant liberalism taints everything he says

        1. Kim

          Ken seems to be opposed to private ownership of and profitable use of property, and completely in favor of state ownership of same. There’s a word for that right?

    2. Mr Bill

      Ken: Interesting point but it will be moot in the election. Besides, the principles in that war predicated on false evidence will never be prosecuted including W Bush, Colin Powell, CIA director. Foley was just one of the minor carpetbaggers.

      As to the election, hopefully, Malloy will squeak by on the gun legislation. It will be a win based on emotions since Malloy has not addressed sufficiently the fiscal weakness of the state.

      but if Foley swamps Malloy’s camp with money, he may just make it. No betting here.

      1. The Conn-servative

        Right. If Malloy does run again, I won’t bet that he doesn’t engage in his vote rigging again.

  2. DOGMA

    Is this a case of Linda in Drag? Haven’t the voters spoken loud enough? NO. Or does this further demosnstrate where money trumps everything. Can’t the Republicans find a viable candidate?

    1. Connecticut is circling the drain

      @DOGSQUEEZE,

      The guy lost by 5,000 votes last time. Sounds viable to me.

      You libtards crack me up. Money is no problem for the Kennedys or Corzines, but a wealthy Republican is always evil. You’re so predictable with your 1% class warfare socialist shtick.

    2. Kim

      DOGMA: I agree that the Republicans need to do better if they want to wrest control from the D’s in this state.

  3. Richard

    When the Malloy administration and SEBAC are put on trial for racketeering and the teachers unions ruled illegal for losing out on $300 million in Federal Education Funds then we can look back at Foley’s administration of assets in Iraq that only Ken seems to want revisited.

    1. Ken Krayeske

      I think there are several millions Iraqis who would like the issue revisited. But, in American politics, those who suffer under the cold hand of imperialism have no voice, so, maybe I am the only one who wants it revisited.

      1. Kim

        nor do those who suffer under the all-seeing eyes of this administration, ken. Or those who have to pay for the redistributionist schemes of big government

  4. mike

    You people are so one-sided blue bleeding partisans its hysterical. I’d write more but i’m headed over to landscape governor malloy’s $1.8m mansion on shippan point.. for free.. because he fights for the middle class. lmao. #sheep

    1. Kim

      mike: you’re landscaping his property for free? You must have some type of contract with the state for other work, obtained through such ‘favors’ for the royal (political) masters of the state. Either that, or your business won’t last long.

      I AM the middle class and I haven’t seen your dog do anything for me since he got elected. I guess we should be grateful that you’re so busy dropping trou for the governor that you have to cut your inspiring posting time down to a few words

  5. Western Front

    And now the pubic employee unions that took a beating from Malloy a couple of years ago will line up to contribute their members’ dues toward his re-election. Yeah, THAT public financing.
    Cuz, you know, Democratic/Labor solidarity and brotherhood and all that baloney. And Republicans being scary. Nothing at all to do with back-room back-scratching. Nothing to do with Public Service, either.

    While the jobs train continues its out of state shipments day after day after day.

    1. Kim

      Western: are you referring to the beating that prevented layoffs and increased benefits for several years? Yeah, that was tough to swallow. You’d think the unions would be smart enough to vote against Malloy for such an affront

    1. Steve (CT)

      Never. The Sheriff’s will be locking the door on the Courant’s offices due to bankruptcy but the editors will be walking out the door proud to have pushed their progressive agenda.

  6. Mitch Beck

    “Did he really think taking these people’s jobs away and ruining their retirement security was the right thing to do, and the right way to make millions of dollars?

    A) Are we REALLY going back there again? Does Mr. Harris have ANY understanding of capitalism or investments?

    “After weeks of equivocating, did he really need to pander to the NRA by kind of, almost, maybe saying he would have vetoed the common sense gun safety bill Gov. Malloy signed into law?

    A) I would ask Mr. Harris if he feel that everyone who disagrees with him is suddenly pandering? Or better still, to turn on his own “logic” is the governor’s pandering to gun-grabbers with a bill that accomplishes absolutely NOTHING that would have prevented the tragedy in Newtown constitute “pandering?” How about using the 26 dead people including 20 children for political purposes smack of indecent. Mr. Foley stated repeatedly that the bill he would have endorsed and signed would have been different and emphasized the real problem that led to the Newtown tragedy, a “failed mental health system.”

    “Does he really believe the people of Connecticut will allow him to buy an election?

    a) Say Mr. Harris, exactly how does one go about buying an election? If a check is in the mail for my vote, I haven’t seen one. Again this gets back to yet another failed Democratic philosophy where successful people in life are frowned upon for the freedom they have to use their own money, versus the “Democratic way” of using the public’s hard earned money to buy campaign balloons and street signs…or to extend voting hours in a city when things aren’t quite going the way they hoped?

    “Does he still not think former Gov. Rowland did anything wrong?

    A) Maybe Mr. Harris missed it, he might have been busy at the time, but it was Tom Foley who produced a very strict ethics bill to try and reform the way that Hartford does business and got blasted for it from BOTH parties. Maybe that doesn’t count as being a champion for ethics in politics in his books.

    “And what exactly has Mr. Foley been doing since he lost the 2010 race? A) Does it really matter? Does anyone REALLY believe that if Mr. Foley were campaigning for four years that he wouldn’t have been getting blasted by the democrats for it? He took a quieter approach and worked on a multitude of projects – many of which I attended. But I guess that doesn’t count unless he were spending most of his times asking the unions what his next move should be like the Governor has.

    Spare us the ‘I started a think-tank’ nonsense. The Connecticut ‘Policy’ Institute’s been nothing but a political front for Mr. Foley, who helped created it and fund it.

    a) Mr. Harris, doesn’t it get boring just repeating talking points that the Governor’s cronies told you to say? Have you read a single CPI mailing or posting? Apparently not. I would also venture to guess that he didn’t know that CPI is run by someone who voted for President Obama and worked on his transition team and who has been about as fair and balanced – praising more liberal virtues when right and calling them on it when wrong. But then as a typical Democratic leader, free speech is something they fully support as long as you agree with them.

    What has he actually been doing, other than playing politics and pandering to the NRA?

    a) A sentence ago Mr. Harris was critical of Mr. Foley for doing nothing, now he’s saying he’s playing politics and where is the “pandering to the NRA?” Seems like Mr. Harris must have misread his talking points memo there.

    “Under Gov. Malloy’s leadership, the private sector in Connecticut has created almost 50,000 jobs. (A) And lost how many? And How much has it cost taxpayers to pay for those jobs and how many of them are Full-time and not part-time jobs?

    Landmark education reform is being implemented.
    A) The governor deserves praise for the work that he’s done on this front and unless I’m totally mistaken, when he’s been in agreement with some of those moves, I believe that Mr. Foley has said so publicly. I know I have. But until the Governor and the Democrats get out of the pockets of the teacher’s union, the kinds of changes that are necessary to fix the problem, like school choice/vouchers, will NEVER get fully implemented.

    Thousands of people will soon for the first time be able to afford quality health insurance.
    A) You can’t possibly be proud of the fiasco that is Obamacare can you Mr. Harris? Are you crediting the Governor with this HIGHLY unpopular program?

    Government is smaller, leaner, and in many cases operating more efficiently and effectively.

    A) Have you been to DMV lately Mr. Harris? Case closed…

    And we went from having one of the worst budget deficits in the nation to having a surplus, and tens of millions of dollars have been put into the Rainy Day Fund for the first time in years. As Gov. Malloy says all the time, we’re not where we need to be yet, and we have a ways to go. But we are clearly headed in the right direction.

    A) ARe you taking credit for the largest tax increases in state history and the phony accounting to get us there? How about all of the downgrading by the various groups that have put Connecticut at or near the bottom in virtually everything. You can’t just take credit for things you’ve cherry picked. You own ALL of it.

    “Mr. Foley, on the other hand, mouths the same old platitudes and espouses support for the same old, failed policies of the past that hurt Connecticut’s middle class. The policies that helped get us into the mess Gov. Malloy’s been digging us out of.

    A) Mr. Harris…which party has been in almost total control of every aspect of life in Connecticut going back to the 1980’s? It may be convenient to blame Republicans, but it’s YOUR PARTY that created and has grown this mess with their total and complete bungling of our economy. YOUR PARTY – the Democrats – have epically failed the taxpayers and residents of this state.

    “Mr. Foley has a lot of serious questions to answer and Connecticut deserves to hear them. Again.”

    A) That may or may not be true Mr. Harris, but by the same token, Dan Malloy will have to run on his record and that just is NOT a good one. He’s been listed as the most vulnerable governor in the nation. There’s a reason for that and you will be having to answer THAT question – QUITE OFTEN!

  7. Lynne

    Gee, how I wish someone would run for governor who has principles, fresh ideas, and an agenda with workable timelines for getting CT on the right track to recovery. And that “someone” is neither Malloy OR Foley!

  8. Steven Rosenbaum

    Kudos to Mr. Keating for removing the prefix “Greenwich Millionaire” from Mr. Foley’s descriptive! One can only hope, with earnest desire, that this could be the start of even handed reporting by Mr. Keating and the Courant. It should not matter if a refuse collector, animal control officer or domestic engineer seeks public office. All who “step up” and seek public office should be provided the courtesy and professionalism of fair coverage. In addition, those in office must be held accountable for the decisions they make, the agenda they advance and the impact they have on their constituents. When the media acts as a lapdog for the political class, it cannot act as a watchdog for the working class. Quo Fata Ferunt!

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