Sep 13, 2013
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Connecticut Politics

Tom Foley Says Primary Results in Bridgeport, Stamford Symptomatic of Gov. Malloy's 'Shameful Performance'

Tom Foley Says Primary Results in Bridgeport, Stamford Symptomatic of Gov. Malloy's 'Shameful Performance'

Jennifer Swift/Connecticut Magazine

Tom Foley announces he has formed an exploratory committee on Sept. 10, 2013.

In a race in which Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s endorsed candidate was defeated, the loss can be attributed to Malloy’s abysmal record, according to potential gubernatorial contender Tom Foley.

But when it comes to a race in which Malloy’s endorsed candidate earned nearly double the amount of votes as the runner-up, it’s questionable if the governor deserves any of the credit, Foley says.

In a statement following Tuesday’s primaries, Foley pointed to results in Bridgeport and Stamford as a sign that even fellow Democrats are fed up with Malloy's “shameful performance", further reducing his political clout as a politician.

In Stamford, where Malloy served as mayor for 14 years, Board of Finance member David Martin beat state Rep. William Tong, who Malloy had endorsed. (Malloy's support for Tong angered some Democrats in his home town because the city's Democratic Town Committee had endorsed Martin.)

In the primary for Bridgeport’s Board of Education, challengers defeated the party’s endorsed candidates.

Foley said that was further evidence of Malloy's lack of clout.

“Last night's Democratic primary results represent more evidence that Governor Malloy’s poor public policy choices and his dismal record of economic mismanagement have made him very vulnerable,” Foley said in the statement.

Asked Thursday, Foley said it’s possible voters chose Tong over Martin and Malloy wasn’t a factor. But, he said, "I think the fact that in Stamford Gov. Malloy was mayor there for 14 years, and if he can’t get his candidate over the line, that says something.”

The inability of a top leader in a political party to have voters vote by his suggestion is symptomatic of the much bigger issue of Malloy’s time in office, Foley said.
“Even the Democrats understand an 8.1 percent unemployment rate and two consecutive years of negative economic growth under Malloy. Having the worst economy in the entire country is a distinction that resonates across all Party lines. Malloy has been tossing around some phony job numbers lately – but it appears those numbers are unconvincing even to his fellow Democrats."

But one of Malloy’s endorsed candidates, state Sen. Toni Harp, D-New Haven, took nearly double the amount of votes as the runner-up in the primary for Mayor in New Haven.

Malloy not only endorsed Harp, but also visited her on primary day in New Haven and was in attendance at her victory party along with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.
But in this case, Foley questions whether Malloy had anything to do with her win.

“I don’t know how much Gov. Malloy helped her to get over the line—whether she would have gotten over the line with or without him, I don’t know,” he said.

Malloy spokesman Andrew Doba declined to comment, saying via email, “There are at least five Republicans running for Governor, and we’re not going to respond to each and every one of their outlandish accusations.”



Tom Foley Says Primary Results in Bridgeport, Stamford Symptomatic of Gov. Malloy's 'Shameful Performance'

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