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[CT GOP candidate Tom] Foley goes fuzzy on details
Danbury News Times ^ | 08/07/14 | Ken Dixon

Posted on 08/07/2014 6:39:05 AM PDT by ModernDayCato

BRIDGEPORT -- Tom Foley, the Greenwich millionaire who is reprising his 2010 bid for governor, thinks the state spends too much on mass transit. He's critical of the 2013 firearms reforms following the Newtown school massacre.

Red tape and regulations, he says, are stifling the business community; and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's "corporate welfare" is rewarding successful companies that don't need the help.

But the Republican frontrunner, who faces a primary Tuesday against state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney for the gubernatorial nomination, offered few details in a meeting Wednesday with the editorial boards of Hearst Connecticut Media, including the Connecticut Post, The Advocate of Stamford, Greenwich Time and The News-Times of Danbury.

Foley declined to say whether he would reduce mass transit funding and possibly trigger an increase in fares on the Metro-North commuter rail line.

He declined to say whether he supports the prohibition of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 bullets.

And he would not give an example of the onerous state regulations that might have stifled a particular company.

Foley said since his narrow 6,404-vote loss to Malloy in 2010 he has worked part-time in managing his interests in a South Carolina-based aircraft-servicing company, watched his 3-year-old twins grow and founded the conservative Connecticut Policy Institute.

Foley, like McKinney, who met earlier in the week with Hearst editors, blasted the Common Core national educational reforms.

"I've been involved with educational reforms for the last 15 years," he said. "It's something that preceded my interest in running for office," said Foley, 62, the former ambassador to Ireland under President George W. Bush who is seeking his first elective office. "I think it's a shame that 100,000 kids in Connecticut are not getting a decent education and that we've got the largest achievement gap (of) any state in the country, despite our being one of the wealthiest states in the country. So we simply have to do a better job for our young people in those schools that under-perform."

Foley said Malloy seemed "uninformed" about the statewide achievement gap back in 2010. While Malloy has since committed to education reforms, "I call them education reform-light," Foley said. "Because what he proposed were things that were pretty much superficial."

Foley said towns with successful schools districts should be exempt from Common Core requirements and tests.

"If you're a problem-solver, the first thing you learn is that you don't go fixing things that aren't broke," Foley said. "He should have taken his education-reform initiatives and focused them on schools that are under-performing, not schools in Wilton and Westport and West Hartford that are doing fine."

Foley blamed the state's national reputation for being antagonistic to business on "career politicians" such as Malloy and McKinney, who is leaving the Senate after eight two-year terms to challenge Foley for the party nomination. "Sen. McKinney has no experience running anything," Foley said.

Foley said that "there was no economic rationale" for Malloy and state development officials to partner with Jackson Labs, a Maine-based research company that is moving to the campus of the UConn Health Center.

As a businessman, his election would signal a change in attitude, Foley said.

"This governor is anti-business and you can't be anti-business and pro-jobs," Foley said. "His rhetoric is very anti-business. So mandatory paid sick leave, mandates on employers, running up the cost of electricity for not just consumers, but businesses like the (northeast Connecticut-based) Fusion Paper business that recently shut its operations. These are things that make it somewhere between annoying and impossible to run a business in Connecticut."

Foley used the word "abusive" to describe the obstacles that businesses face in the maze of regulations that can sometimes halt expansion plans or relocations for "two to three years."

But asked by editors to name a case in particular, Foley declined.

"Why do I need a specific example?" he replied.

Asked whether he approved of the prohibition against ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 bullets, Foley again declined.

"I'm not going to rewrite the bill, but there were a lot of inconveniences put on law-abiding citizens that wouldn't have prevented what happened in Newtown," he said. "These guns were bought with a background check and everything was legal."

On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, 20, of Newtown, murdered his mother in her bed with a .22 rifle, then took her Bushmaster XM-15 military-style semi-automatic weapon with several 30-round magazines to Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he shot to death 20 first-graders and six adults.

"My bill would have been different," Foley said of the 2013 firearms reforms that banned high-capacity magazines and rifles including the Bushmaster.

"I don't have the staff available to prepare an alternative bill and we're talking about something that happened several years ago," he said. "I'm looking down the road. I'm looking ahead. I'm looking at jobs and the economy. I'm not governor and I wasn't governor at the time."

Pressed further on the issue of whether he supports the ban on high-capacity magazines, Foley said "I'm not going to answer that question."

kdixon@ctpost.com; 860-549-4670; twitter.com/KenDixonCT; facebook.com/kendixonct.hearst; blog.ctnews.com/dixon


TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: bias; ct; foley; primary
Not biased at all /sarcasm.

Very disturbing that Foley did the shuffle on the gun laws.

1 posted on 08/07/2014 6:39:05 AM PDT by ModernDayCato
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To: ModernDayCato

And your choice is who?

This is rhetorical. The choice is a governor who has already taken away most of your rights.


2 posted on 08/07/2014 6:50:02 AM PDT by Steven Scharf
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To: Steven Scharf

Not impressed with anyone. I’ll probably vote for Foley.


3 posted on 08/07/2014 7:42:32 AM PDT by ModernDayCato
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To: ModernDayCato

My Dad used to call this publication from Danbury “The News Crimes”. I made 25 cents a week, per customer (plus tips) delivering it, when I was a youth :)


4 posted on 08/07/2014 7:50:11 AM PDT by jttpwalsh
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5 posted on 08/07/2014 7:54:19 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: ModernDayCato
Joe Visconti is the pro-gun Tea Party favorite.
Joe is running as an unaffiliated candidate for governor. His petition team gathered over 10,000 signatures. 7500 are needed to qualify for the ballot.

CT will know in a couple of weeks if Visconti makes it.

Joe Visconti is supported by all the gun clubs, gun stores, anti-Common Core teachers and parents, tradesmen, Italian/Americans, small business owners and most CT conservatives.

Keep watching the campaign. The petition circulators spoke with 100,000 CT voters in 2 months. The "anybody but Malloy" phrase beat Malloy 5-1.

In a 3-way or 4-way election, Malloy will come in 3rd.

Joe Visconti for Governor

6 posted on 08/07/2014 10:16:38 AM PDT by PALIN SMITH (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

CT Gov ping


7 posted on 08/07/2014 8:13:57 PM PDT by Impy (Think for yourself)
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To: ModernDayCato

I argued as much as I could at the convention that the dems already have his number since they were able to steal the election from him in 2010.


8 posted on 08/08/2014 7:29:16 AM PDT by kneehurts
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To: PALIN SMITH

Come back, Tommy Foley, to Ballyjamesduff!


9 posted on 08/08/2014 5:51:06 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (Let the dead bury the dead. Let the GOP bury the GOP.)
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To: PALIN SMITH

Nutmeggers will find it, I know sure enough
For fortune has come to Joe’s call
The grass, it is green around Ballyjamesduff
And Visconti will win over all.

And tones that are tender and tones that are ruff
Come whispering over the state
Come back, Tommy Foley, to Ballyjamesduff
Come home, Tommy Foley, you’re late.


10 posted on 08/08/2014 6:03:23 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (Let the dead bury the dead. Let the GOP bury the GOP.)
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To: Impy

Ballyjamesduff ping


11 posted on 08/08/2014 6:04:06 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (Let the dead bury the dead. Let the GOP bury the GOP.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy

According to Wikipedia, their pork festival has a Pig Latin competition.

Avisgray Ollpay

Oleyfay (R) 46%
Alloymay (D) 38%

Inneymckay (R) 45%
Alloymay (D) 38%

Ookslay ikelay away Epbulicanray ickuppay. Inneymckay isway away igbay INORay, orrectcay?


12 posted on 08/08/2014 11:17:57 PM PDT by Impy (Think for yourself)
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To: Impy

I’m embarrassed I could decipher what candidates you were referring to (CT Gov).


13 posted on 08/09/2014 1:02:57 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Impy; campaignPete R-CT; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy

Yes, McKinney is a big RINO, even though it is unlikely that he’ll follow in his dad’s footsteps and (i) turn gay and (ii) die of AIDS.


14 posted on 08/09/2014 1:52:09 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; Impy; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy

It’s curious that for years, it was maintained McKinney got AIDS from tainted blood/surgery, apparently he got it from buggery. That other GOP ex-Congressman from MS got it that way as well, Jon Hinson.


15 posted on 08/09/2014 2:19:59 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Impy

McKinney. Big RINO. Running as the populist tax protester, outsider.

Too comical to laugh.

I think I am for David Walker for LT Gov. and definitely for Cadena.

http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Two-newcomers-in-primary-for-state-comptroller-5678221.php


16 posted on 08/09/2014 7:11:12 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (Let the dead bury the dead. Let the GOP bury the GOP.)
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To: Impy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGmrpMT0-yo


17 posted on 08/09/2014 7:14:36 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (Let the dead bury the dead. Let the GOP bury the GOP.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy

That dirty lying INORay! Reminds of Chicago’s last GOP mayor, Big Bill Thompson, he was owned by Al Capone but campaigned on cleaning up the city, some nerve!

Well, I hope Oleyfay wins the imarypray.


18 posted on 08/10/2014 4:59:25 AM PDT by Impy (Think for yourself)
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To: Impy

don’t expect much excitement in CT tomorrow nite.
Wisconsin:
Is CD-6 interesting?


19 posted on 08/11/2014 10:35:48 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (Let the dead bury the dead. Let the GOP bury the GOP.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT; Diana in Wisconsin; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; yongin; ...

Well it’s a competitive 3-way primary (with a 4th nobody).

Grothman was in the race before the sub-par incumbent Petri withdrew, and it sounds like he’s the most conservative candidate, a real firebrand.

The rats have a real candidate, but he’s at a financial disadvantage, and it’s a Republican district.


20 posted on 08/11/2014 11:02:49 PM PDT by Impy (Think for yourself)
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To: Impy; campaignPete R-CT

Yeah, you’d have to go back to 1964 to the last time the Democrats won that seat. There’s only been 2 members since 1966, the legendary Bill Steiger (who was all of 28 when he won and who died prematurely at just 40), and Petri, who won his seat when Steiger died in a 1979 special.


21 posted on 08/11/2014 11:26:13 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I’m not familiar with Steiger.

” in 1969 he employed the future Vice President Dick Cheney as an intern.”

Wow.


22 posted on 08/11/2014 11:39:50 PM PDT by Impy (Think for yourself)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Impy

this is the last time I looked into it.

http://www.rightwisconsin.com/perspectives/who-is-the-front-runner-to-succeed-tom-petri-255224551.html


23 posted on 08/12/2014 12:41:36 AM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (Let the dead bury the dead. Let the GOP bury the GOP.)
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To: Impy

He was always one of those “What if ?” guys, had they not died early or bombed out career-wise. He was big on championing tax cuts, but he was also more left on social issues. Had he moved rightward on the latter, he might very well have been Presidential material. That combo wouldn’t work today and he wouldn’t be well-regarded (and as I’ve said, you can’t be for both since social leftism requires high taxation).


24 posted on 08/12/2014 12:51:40 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

I don’t really know who is leading, so we’ll find out together tonight who wins. Alas, Wisconsin is another state badly in need of runoffs, since almost no one here will get 50%.


25 posted on 08/12/2014 12:52:59 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Impy; campaignPete R-CT

“and Petri, who won his seat when Steiger died in a 1979 special”


Boy, that must have been one brutal special election if it got Steiger killed ..... : )


26 posted on 08/12/2014 2:18:53 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; campaignPete R-CT

You should have seen the special election for Jaggoff Jr’s seat, dozens were killed, it was a bloodbath. ;d


27 posted on 08/12/2014 5:14:57 AM PDT by Impy (Think for yourself)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; Impy

I voted today in the ghost town. I was Voter number 41 at 2pm.

The anti-populism of the CT GOP catches up to them when on days such as today ... they have no active members. Robo-calls yes. Live human beings? No.


28 posted on 08/12/2014 2:03:16 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (Let the dead bury the dead. Let the GOP bury the GOP.)
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To: Impy

where is da live thread for CT WI etc ???

CT LT GOV is a 3-way dogfight.

http://elections.courant.com/results/


29 posted on 08/12/2014 7:44:05 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (Let the dead bury the dead. Let the GOP bury the GOP.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

I vote as soon as the polls open, 6:AM, the polling place is just down the block. I am one of 3 regular GOP voters in my precinct.


30 posted on 08/12/2014 10:20:33 PM PDT by Impy (Think for yourself)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

Nice song BTW.


31 posted on 08/12/2014 10:31:11 PM PDT by Impy (Think for yourself)
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