by Jennifer Swift
Jan 30, 2014
03:28 PMConnecticut Politics
Keys for Tom Foley's Win in 2014 are in the Cities
Tom Foley plans to win the governor’s mansion by earning the keys to each city, a political strategy gleaned from the initiatives he announced during his candidacy announcement yesterday, and a tell-tale sign that he’s aiming for a re-match from 2010.
Foley, who lost the 2010 election to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy by a little more than 6,500 votes said the cities — where he performed poorly in 2010 — would be an important part of his administration.
Foley also announced initiatives aimed at education — an attempt at winning over teachers and educators who may be dissatisfied with Malloy’s
Foley also included businesses in his address, much like other Republican candidates. But the specifics of his plans to help the cities sets him apart from the other Republicans, showing his eye on on beating Malloy.
“Connecticut’s future is only the good as the future as our cities,” Foley said.
Foley made the announcement in Waterbury, and had announced the formation of his exploratory committee in the city of Bridgeport.
The plans aimed at cities include implementation on an urban policy agenda aimed at fixing problems of the cities including crime, jobs and poverty. He also vowed to work with mayors to reduce crime and “break the cycle of poverty” that robs city residents.
Speaking with WPLR radio show hosts Chaz and AJ prior to his announcement, Foley acknowledged that he won 128 municipalities to Malloy’s 41, but that Malloy took the cities.
“People in cities are more inclined to vote for a Democratic than for a Republican, and so we didn’t do very well in the cities last time, and we did very well in most of the towns.”
But Foley denied that he was talking about cities merely as a campaign strategy.
“This really isn’t a strategy it’s something I really care about, its something that I’ve been interested in for a long time, particularly education reform and fixing our inner city schools. I just think denying young people an opportunity to get a leg up at such an early age by not providing them a good education is unfair. And all the other challenges that face people in our cities really provide them with a huge disadvantage and we need to even it up.”
Regina Roundtree, founder of Connecticut Black Republicans and Conservatives, said she had previously asked Foley at a public meeting what he would to aid the cities — and she was satisfied with what he addressed Wednesday.
“It’s a press conference so you can’t get into as much detail as we would like to see, but he talked about the cities he talked about crime and education and housing and so I know he’s aware of it. And the fact that he’s committing that his administration really going to address urban policies that’s a plus,” Roundtree said. “I’m hoping that more candidates in the party follow that lead—because once they put it out there and put it in their platform, then we can hold them accountable and that’s what we need to do.”Keys for Tom Foley's Win in 2014 are in the Cities