Connecticut Republican party Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. congratulated Greenwich businessman Tom Foley on his primary win Tuesday.
“We are very fortunate to have such a talented candidate leading the Republican ticket in 2014. With Tom’s record of restoring prosperity in the private sector, he has the experience we so desperately need to get Connecticut back on track,” Labriola said.
During the primary campaign, Labriola received some criticism from McKinney backers, who felt he favored Foley. (Labriola noted that Foley won the endorsement at the Republican convention in May.
On Tuesday, Labriola commended McKinney for “running a campaign of which all Republicans can be proud and calling on his supporters to unite behind our Republican team tonight.”
With the primary now behind the party, Labriola turned his attention to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. “Gov. Malloy’s failed policies have given Connecticut one of the worst economies in the nation. Now he will be forced to run on a record that includes the largest tax hike in state history, a massive increase in state spending, and reckless government over-reach – making him among the most unpopular and vulnerable democrats seeking re-election this year.
“Even though the Democrats will attempt to distort and distract from the day-to-day struggles faced by Connecticut’s hardworking families, we will remain focused on the most important issue in this race, restoring Connecticut’s failing economy,” Labriola said.