The candidates haven’t even declared and the race for governor already smells.
Offering no sources or evidence but promising that his research “meets journalistic standards” Republican would-be gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley attacked Gov. Dannel Malloy as a chronically unethical leader Sunday morning.
Appearing on WFSB’s Face The State, Foley said he “can’t say whether it’s true” but nevertheless offered an on-the-record and detailed indictment of the governor.
Foley said Malloy received improper campaign contributions from Dan Esty before Esty was appointed commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. These payments amounted to a pay-off, Foley charged. “That’s something I heard and that people believe,” Foley said.
Andrew Doba, a spokesman for Malloy, said “Foley’s allegations are factually incorrect. The reason he can’t back them up is because they are untrue. Mr. Foley owes everyone to whom he referred an immediate apology.”
State Democrats, meanwhile, brought up an unpleasant moment from Foley’s past — a long ago car accident on Long Island:
Mr. Foley has steadfastly refused to release his arrest records involving two incidents, including one felony arrest in which he ended up spending the night in jail. Today the Connecticut Democratic Party call on Mr. Foley to release those records, in the spirit of open and full disclosure he says he believes in. The facts surrounding these incidents have never been brought to light. Mr. Foley has called them “minor,” but no one spends a night in jail for something considered to be “minor”.
Foley went on to charge that former Malloy advisor Roy Occhiogrosso’s communications firm, Global Strategies Group, received a “totally improper” state contract after Occhiogrosso left state government. Meanwhile, Foley also said that Malloy’s “close buddy” Andrew McDonald — a former aide and now a state Supreme Court justice — was part of a conspiracy that forced municipalities to hire McDonald’s former law firm.
Tanya Meck, executive vice president with Global Strategies Group said that the firm “participated in a competitive process to become the public relations consultant for Access Health CT.” She said her firm won the contract for the new healthcare program “legally and ethically.”
Foley said the allegations are “commonly believed,” when pressed for evidence by Face the State host Dennis House.
According to Foley — who says that he has not yet decided whether to run for governor — there is little Malloy can do, even if all of Foley’s accusations are bogus
“These are things that are commonly accepted at the capitol as being true,” he said.
Asked when he plans to announce that he actually is a candidate, Foley offered this response: “If I’d made up my mind I’d know when I was going to make up my mind.”