Over the last 24 hours, New York City seems to have become a topic of discussion in the Connecticut governor’s race.
Greenwich Republican Tom Foley brought it up with a 30-second television commercial that criticized the city’s newly elected Democratic mayor, Bill de Blasio, and Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy – even though neither of them was mentioned by name.
The commercial is playing on two stations in the New York City market, but it might not be seen by many viewers because the purchase of air time was small.
When told that his opponents believe that the ad buy was only $1,900, Foley told Capitol Watch, ”At $1,900, they might be high.”
He added, “I had the smallest buy that I could have and make a point.”
Having made that point, Foley said he did not expect to be expanding the reach of that particular commercial that features the front page of The New York Post that featured a picture of DeBlasio with a hammer and sickle that were the symbols of the old Soviet Union.
A former New York City resident, Foley said that he left the city during the tenure of Democratic Mayor David Dinkins that was marked by rising crime and rising taxes. Today, the city has been transformed after eight years of Republican Rudy Giuliani and 12 years of Republican-turned-independent Michael Bloomberg.
“It’s not the same place,” Foley said of the current-day city when compared to the time of Dinkins when he lived there.
When asked if he lived in the city during the days of Mayor Abe Beame, Foley laughed and said, “I’m not that old.”